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The wings of the butterfly. Heic1518 — Photo Release New Hubble image of the Twin Jet Nebula 26 August 2015 The shimmering colours visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system.

Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometres per hour. The cosmic butterfly pictured in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image goes by many names. The M in this name refers to Rudolph Minkowski, a German-American astronomer who discovered the nebula in 1947. Ordinary planetary nebulae have one star at their centre, bipolar nebulae have two, in a binary star system. The characteristic shape of the wings of the Twin Jet Nebula is most likely caused by the motion of the two central stars around each other.

Notes More information. Observing Space sur Twitter : "A near-infrared view of the iconic Pillars of Creation #hubble #nasa #esa. Hubble Goes High Def to Revisit the Iconic 'Pillars of Creation' (01/05/2015) - Release Images. 23 years old and still trucking: Hubble's best pics. Almost 23 years ago, the $2 billion (£1.3 billion) Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on the Space Shuttle Discovery. The launch, on 24 April 1990, marked the beginning of a new era of space photography. Hubble transformed the public's perception of astronomy with the incredible images (see gallery) of space it was able to beam back to Earth.

But its contribution to scientific knowledge was equal, if not greater, than its worth as a public relations tool. It provided evidence for the existence of dark energy, the strange phenomenon that's driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe; its observations helped nail down the age of the Universe with greater accuracy; and it changed our understanding of galaxy formation by showing that supermassive black holes were a common feature of galaxies.

Hubble was recently used to identify the age of the "Methuselah" star, the oldest-known star whose age we can reliably estimate. It hasn't all been plain sailing.

HUDF 2012

Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the Universe. Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest-Ever View of the Universe Like photographers assembling a portfolio of best shots, astronomers have assembled a new, improved portrait of mankind's deepest-ever view of the universe. (Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team)› Larger image | 13 MB tif Called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, the photo was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image of a small area of space in the constellation Fornax, created using Hubble Space Telescope data from 2003 and 2004. The new full-color XDF image is even more sensitive, and contains about 5,500 galaxies even within its smaller field of view.

This illustration compares the angular size of the XDF field to the angular size of the full moon. Hubble’s Hidden Treasures Unveiled. Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter A quick check of Hubble’s gallery shows just 1,300 images; however more than raw 700,000 images reside in a vast archive with hundreds of potentially jaw-dropping astronomical scenes just waiting to be uncovered. That was the idea behind the European Space Agency’s international contest called Hubble’s Hidden Treasures. And now with the hard work of amateur astronomers and more than 3,000 submissions, some of Hubble’s incredible celestial treasures are revealed. “The response was impressive, with almost 3000 submissions,” the ESA said in a press release. “More than a thousand of these images were fully processed: a difficult and time-consuming task.

The top 10 images selected in the Hubble Hidden Treasures basic imaging category. Judges ranked images from two categories, an image processing category and basic image searching category. Andre van der Hoeven of the Netherlands came in a close second. Links: Hubble's Hidden Treasures. Hubble's Hidden Treasures — Image Processing. Hubble's Hidden Treasures 2012. Since 1990, Hubble has made more than a million observations. We feature many of these on, and the most stunning are in our Top 100 gallery and iPad app. But there are thousands of pictures in Hubble’s science archive that have only been seen by a few scientists.

We call these images Hubble’s hidden treasures — stunning images of astronomical phenomena that have never been seen and enjoyed by the public. Every week, we search the archive for hidden treasures, process the scientific data into attractive images and publish them as the Hubble Picture of the Week. But the archive is so vast that nobody really knows the full extent of what Hubble has observed. This is where you come in.

Searching Hubble’s archive for hidden treasures is a lot of fun, and it’s pretty straightforward, even if you don’t have advanced knowledge. Hubble’s Hidden Treasures 2012: Find and tweak Hubble observations using a set of simple online tools. Read more: Join the 2012 Hubble's Hidden Treasures Competition. Over two decades in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope has made a huge number of observations. Every week, we publish new images on the ESA/Hubble website. But hidden in Hubble’s huge data archives are still some truly breathtaking images that have never been seen in public. We call them Hubble’s Hidden Treasures — and we’re looking for your help to bring them to light.

We’re inviting the public into Hubble’s vast science archive to dig out the best unseen Hubble images. Find a great dataset in the Hubble Legacy Archive, adjust the contrast and colours using the simple online tools and submit to our Hubble’s Hidden Treasures Contest Flickr group, and you could win an iPod Touch in our Hubble’s Hidden Treasures Competition. For an extra challenge, why not try using the same software that the professionals use to turn the Hubble data into breath-taking images? Both parts of the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures competition close on 31 May 2012. Links Contacts About the Announcement Images Videos.

ESA/Hubble. Hubble NICMOS infrared image of M51. Les paysages variés de la nébuleuse de la Tarentule photographiés par Hubble. Beauté éblouissante de la nébuleuse de la Tarentule Le télescope spatial Hubble, qui fête ses 22 ans, publie une mosaïque d’images vertigineuses de l’une des plus impressionnantes matrices d’étoiles dans notre voisinage galactique, la nébuleuse de la Tarentule. L’image est fascinante. Nous pénétrons dans un vaste paysage cosmique qui s’étend sur environ 650 années-lumière. Cela se passe à 170 000 années-lumière de nous, dans la galaxie naine du Grand Nuage de Magellan (LMC). Même si cette dernière présente des dimensions relativement modestes par rapport à la Voie Lactée (notre galaxie s’étend sur 100 000 années-lumière !) , la nébuleuse de la Tarentule – ou 30 Doradus, désignée aussi NGC 2070 – qu’elle abrite est la matrice d’étoiles la plus active connue dans un rayon intergalactique de plusieurs millions d’années-lumière !

Dans les moindres plis et replis du nuage moléculaire se cache des centaines d’étoiles très jeunes. Hubble gomme les frontières entre l’art et la science. Hubble Legacy Archive. Hubble Space Telescope Images 2010 The Stars Like Dust - Jonn Serrie. Out of the ordinary...out of this world. Amazing Hubble Pictures. Photograph courtesy John Spencer (Lowell Observatory) and NASA In 1999, to commemorate the ninth anniversary since its launch, the Hubble Space Telescope took this dramatic snapshot of Jupiter’s moon Io and its shadow sweeping across the gas giant’s turbulent atmosphere. About the size of Earth’s moon, Io is the most volcanic body in the solar system and orbits 500,000 kilometers above the planet’s cloud tops.

Rovio takes its popular game to the final frontier with Angry Birds Space, launching March 22, in partnership with National Geographic Books and NASA. Purchase the official companion book National Geographic Angry Birds Space. ESA/Hubble Flashbacks.