New Hubble trick will change our perception of the observable Universe

Scientists have found a way to use the Hubble Space Telescope as an extremely precise galactic tape measure, multiplying our previous capabilities by 10. This increase will result in a more accurate understanding of the size of the observable Universe. plus new insight into the mysterious force known as dark energy. » 4/10/14 9:44pm 4/10/14 9:44pm

A Glitch in the Hubble Telescope Makes Beautiful Modern Art

You've seen all the mind-boggling space images from the Hubble telescope, so this might seem... bizarre. What looks like a light painting or a computer rendering is an actual image sent back during the Hubble's observing session. This is what happens when the telescope locks onto a bad guide star. The European Space… » 3/21/14 1:40pm 3/21/14 1:40pm

Why Hubble Has a Telescope Named After Him

Just about everyone has heard of the Hubble Space Telescope. A space-based observatory on "the highest mountain" the world can provide; it is the technology behind many of today's great discoveries in space. Started in 1977 and launched into orbit in 1990, it has aided in humans determining the expansion rate of the… » 2/04/14 8:30am 2/04/14 8:30am

These Stars May Look Mellow But They're Resisting A Huge Black Hole

Nothing is ever as tranquil as it seems. This image is pretty and has lots of fun, trippy colors. But all of that variation is being produced by gas, dust and other matter as whole galaxies fall into a supermassive black hole. Created from Hubble data, the image shows the cosmic tug-of-war going on in the Perseus… » 10/13/13 4:53pm 10/13/13 4:53pm

Hubble Captured a Huge, Light-Year-Long Flaming Space Monster

This beautifully bright, light-year-long heap of gas and dust particles was caught by the Hubble telescope hurtling through space on its way to becoming a star some 4,500-odd light years away. And this little cosmic caterpillar-that-could is all the more incredible when you know what it's fighting against. » 8/30/13 12:30pm 8/30/13 12:30pm

This Stunning Spiral Galaxy Is Out There Right Now

No matter how wry your sense of humor or how pessimistic your outlook, you have to give into your human capacity for awe at some point. And it might as well be now because this photo is amazing. The spiral galaxy, M74, consists of about 100 billion stars and is 32 million light-years away if you're headed toward Pisces » 8/11/13 6:35pm 8/11/13 6:35pm

NASA Publishes the Farthest View of the Universe Yet

NASA has just published the most detailed view of the Universe ever taken. It's called the Extreme Deep Field—or XDF for short. It took ten years of Hubble Space Telescope photographs to make it and it shows some the oldest galaxies ever observed by humans, going 13.2 billion years back in time. » 9/25/12 1:56pm 9/25/12 1:56pm