Researchers have used new image processing techniques to reveal two images of planetary systems forming around their home stars. The images are, according to NASA, "two treasures that were hiding in the Hubble archives." They are spectacular.
If you've got the bandwidth, you can download the 706MB version of this image of spiral galaxy M81, showing individual stars, open and globular star clusters, and fluorescent gas clouds from 11.6 million light years away.
Huge astronomy news! For the first time EVER, galaxy researchers have taken pictures of planets orbiting a sun-star, much like our own. The first, taken by the much beloved Hubble Telescope, shows a planet orbiting the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis.…