V774104: That’s the name of the new dwarf planet astronomers revealed this week, and it’s three times as far away from the sun as Pluto. It’s the most distant object ever discovered in our solar system—and it could mean there are even more far-flung planets in our corner of the universe just waiting to be discovered.
Normally, images as detailed as this infrared shot of Jupiter can only be captured by space-based telescopes or planetary probes. But this picture, taken with a special camera on the Subaru Telescope, was captured from our planet's surface.
Located about 2,700 light-years from Earth, the Cone Nebula is one of the seemingly countless stellar objects discovered by William Herschel. You can see it on the far left of this image, a bizarrely geometric structure pointing towards the beautiful array of swirling gases and bright stars.
That beautiful image you see up there is our twin galaxy Andromeda. A neighbor that's right next door, a mere 2.5 million light-years-away. And this new portrait was taken by an all-new telescope camera that's got a whole life of stellar shots ahead of it.
A new instrument on Japan's Subaru telescope has enabled astronomers to photograph Andromeda, the Milky Way's neighboring galaxy, in a whole new light.