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Hubble telescope takes stunning new nebula photo for 23rd birthday. This new Hubble image, captured and released to celebrate the telescopeâ ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI),NASA NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a spectacular new image of an iconic nebula to celebrate its 23 years of peering deep into the heavens.

Hubble telescope takes stunning new nebula photo for 23rd birthday

The Hubble observatory, which launched on April 24, 1990, captured the Horsehead Nebula in infrared light, peering through obscuring veils of dust to reveal the object's hidden features. "The result is a rather ethereal and fragile-looking structure, made of delicate folds of gas -- very different to the nebula's appearance in visible light," mission officials wrote in an image description today (April 19). The new observations allowed astronomers to create a dazzling video of the Horsehead Nebula based on Hubble's photos. The Horsehead Nebula, also known as Barnard 33, is located about 1,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Orion (The Hunter). Follow Mike Wall on Twitter @michaeldwall and Google+. Space.com. The Milky Way Project. Photojournal: NASA's Image Access Home Page.

Images. Voyager - The Interstellar Mission. Realtime Image Gallery. Picture of the Week. In this new Hubble image, we can see an almost face-on view of the galaxy NGC 1084.

Picture of the Week

At first glance, this galaxy is pretty unoriginal. Like the majority of galaxies that we observe it is a spiral galaxy, and, as with about half of all spirals, it has no bar running through its loosely wound arms. However, although it may seem unremarkable on paper, NGC 1084 is actually a near-perfect example of this type of galaxy — and Hubble has a near-perfect view of it.

NGC 1084 has hosted several violent events known as supernovae — explosions that occur when massive stars, many times more massive than the Sun, approach their twilight years. As the fusion processes in their cores run out of fuel and come to an end, these stellar giants collapse, blowing off their outer layers in a violent explosion. Astronomers have noted five supernova explosions within NGC 1084 over the past half century. The most recent explosion, 2012ec, was detected at the end of NGC 1084’s top right arm in August 2012.

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year Award Winners: Photos. Royal Observatory : Places. Stellarium. How to... photo guides : Astronomy Photographer of the Year : Exhibitions : What's on. Longing to become an astrophotographer but unsure how it's done and what equipment you need?

How to... photo guides : Astronomy Photographer of the Year : Exhibitions : What's on

Already taking pictures of the night sky but looking for some tips and advice? On these pages you’ll find videos from some of the winners of the competition explaining how they got their shot, as well as step-by-step guides from members of our Astronomy Photographer of the Year Flickr group on how to get great results, from getting the right gear through to processing. Download the guides as PDFs: aurora | comets | deep space | the Moon | star trails Download our schools guide to observing and photographing the night sky.

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Universe Today — Space and astronomy news. RedOrbit - Science, Space, Technology, Health News and Information. NASA finds extra-terrestrial amino-acids in Sudan meteorites. Earlier this month, NASA announced the discovery of bacteria living in arsenic in a California lake.

NASA finds extra-terrestrial amino-acids in Sudan meteorites

Now they have uncovered ET amino-acids in meteorite fragments that landed in northern Sudan. The meteorite was a fragment of a parent asteroid measuring 13-feet-wide (4m), and weighing 59-tons. Scientists were given the first opportunity to observe a celestial object before it entered our atmosphere in October 2008 after a collision about 15 million years ago sent the asteroid closer to Earth. During expeditions in the Sudanese desert, scientists later recovered nearly 600 meteorite fragments from the meteor shower.

Just a few weeks ago, the bacteria living in arsenic finding presented by NASA, was preceded by media speculation about the possibility that the space agency would announce that it had found life in outer space. Read more... Astrophysical Journal Letters. Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) The Planet's Most Powerful Digital Camera Captures Its First Images of the Universe - Megan Garber. The device could help astronomers figure out why the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

The Planet's Most Powerful Digital Camera Captures Its First Images of the Universe - Megan Garber

Zoomed-in image from the Dark Energy Camera of the center of the globular star cluster 47 Tucanae, which lies about 17,000 light years from Earth (Dark Energy Survey Collaboration) The Dark Energy Camera is the world's most powerful digital camera. About the size of a phone booth and boasting 570 megapixels, the device took eight years to construct -- by astronomers, technicians, and engineers collaborating across three continents -- and is currently mounted to the Blanco telescope in Chile. From that perch, it is able to observe light from over 100,000 galaxies. Galaxies that are up to 8 billion light years away. Again: 8 billion light years away. That light isn't just mind-bogglingly ancient. Last week, the Dark Energy Camera captured its first light, capturing images of matter from across the universe. A simulation of a photo of galaxy clusters taken by the Dark Energy Camera. Hat tip J.J.

Experiment. Supersymmetry, Extra Dimensions and the Origin of Mass. The Universe is Alive. “Night, when words fade and things come alive.

The Universe is Alive

When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery When you look out into the Universe, what is it that you typically think of? Do you think of reliable, fixed stars and constellations? The vast expanse of the Milky Way, with its memorable dust lanes and amorphous shapes? Image credit: Wally Pacholka of The unchanging nature of the points of light in the sky? Image credit: Roth Ritter (Dark Atmospheres), of the double cluster in Perseus. Maybe you think deeper and farther than that. Image credit: Misti Mountain Observatory. I couldn’t fault you for thinking like this; from mankind’s point of view, the Universe — for all intents and purposes — doesn’t change at all as we view it from one night to the next.

But does that really mean the Universe isn’t changing? Image credit: DC User Forum, of a short-exposure shot with a Sony A900 DSLR. Image credit: Tunc Tezel. Speed of the Milky Way in Space. Topic index | author index | special index As we all know, a galaxy is a massive ensemble of hundreds of millions of stars.

Speed of the Milky Way in Space

The galaxy where we live in today is called the Milky Way. The name itself came from the ancient Greek galaxies kyklos, or ring of milk, due to its faint milky appearance. Our Milky Way is a large spiral galaxy. Its diameter is at least 100,000 light-years, and may contain as many as 200 billions stars today. Ever since four hundred years ago the settlement that the Earth is moving about the sun, and one hundred and fifty years ago that the sun is moving about the center of the Galaxy, it shouldn't be surprising if we learned that the Galaxy is also moving.

In 1928, an American astronomer Milton La Salle Humason found a galaxy that was receding at a speed of 3,800 km/s, and by 1936, when he observed the same galaxy again, he found it receding at a speed of 40,000 km/s. In conclusion, galaxies experience neutral attractions on one other. Patricia Kong -- 1999. How fast is our galaxy moving through space. "The Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy are approaching each other with a speed of 300,000 miles per hour.

How fast is our galaxy moving through space

" or 130 km/s As we all know, a galaxy is a massive ensemble of hundreds of millions of stars. The galaxy where we live in today is called the Milky Way. The name itself came from the ancient Greek galaxies kyklos, or ring of milk, due to its faint milky appearance. Our Milky Way is a large spiral galaxy. Ever since four hundred years ago the settlement that the Earth is moving about the sun, and one hundred and fifty years ago that the sun is moving about the center of the Galaxy, it shouldn't be surprising if we learned that the Galaxy is also moving. In 1928, an American astronomer Milton La Salle Humason found a galaxy that was receding at a speed of 3,800 km/s, and by 1936, when he observed the same galaxy again, he found it receding at a speed of 40,000 km/s. If our galaxy exerted a repulsive force, that force should be felt with the local groups, however it wasn't. You are here.

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I like the planck length (as it relates to two photons of light traveling across the universe, and neither being delayed--smooth). – electronics
I love this and showed it to my dad and he thought it was pretty neat. I love the pillars of creations and horsehead nebula. – emilybug

The Elegant Universe: Series ... The Elegant Universe: Part 3 PBS Airdate: November 4, 2003 NARRATOR: Now, on NOVA, take a thrill ride into a world stranger than science fiction, where you play the game by breaking some rules, where a new view of the universe pushes you beyond the limits of your wildest imagination. This is the world of "string theory," a way of describing every force and all matter from an atom to earth, to the end of the galaxies—from the birth of time to its final tick, in a single theory, a "Theory of Everything. " Our guide to this brave new world is Brian Greene, the bestselling author and physicist. BRIAN GREENE (Columbia University): And no matter how many times I come here, I never seem to get used to it. NARRATOR: Can he help us solve the greatest puzzle of modern physics—that our understanding of the universe is based on two sets of laws that don't agree?

NARRATOR: Resolving that contradiction eluded even Einstein, who made it his final quest. S. BRIAN GREENE:The atmosphere was electric. S. Hubble Space Telescope Picture Gallery - Photo Gallery - Images. Cosmic Journeys. Welcome to YouTube! The location filter shows you popular videos from the selected country or region on lists like Most Viewed and in search results.To change your location filter, please use the links in the footer at the bottom of the page. Click "OK" to accept this setting, or click "Cancel" to set your location filter to "Worldwide". The location filter shows you popular videos from the selected country or region on lists like Most Viewed and in search results. To change your country filter, please use the links in the footer at the bottom of the page.

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