Stunning 3D Tours of Two Well-Known Nebulae

by Jason Major March 27, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Two videos recently released by the Hubble team take us on a tour of two famous and intriguing cosmic objects: the stellar wind-blown “celestial snow angel” Sharpless 2-106 and the uncannily equine Horsehead Nebula, imaged in infrared wavelengths by the HST. Using […]

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Hubble Captures Starbirth In A Monkey’s Head As Telescope Approaches 24 Years In Space

by Elizabeth Howell March 17, 2014

Billowing gas clouds and young stars feature in this February Hubble Space Telescope image, released as the telescope approaches its 24th birthday this coming April. The telescope has seen a lot of drama over the years, but in this case, thankfully the excitement is taking place 6,400 light-years away. Here you can see starbirth in […]

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How Much Stuff is in a Light Year?

by Fraser Cain January 30, 2014

Even though the name is a little confusing, you probably already know that a light year is the distance that light travels in a full year. At speeds of almost 300,000 kilometers per second that gets you pretty far from home. So take that distance and turn it into a cube, each side one light […]

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Astrophoto: The Red Rectangle in Space

by Nancy Atkinson January 17, 2014

Due to gravity, most objects in space are spherical — whether it’s round planets and stars or swirling spiral galaxies. That’s why this object, the Red Rectangle Nebula, or HD 44179, is so intriguing. “The overall shape of the nebula is a puzzle for astronomers to figure out,” said astronomer Adam Block from the Mount […]

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‘Glowing Wreck Of A Star’ Reveals Cosmic Cannibalism

by Elizabeth Howell December 9, 2013

Circinus X-1 may look like a serene place from a distance, but in reality this gassy nebula is quite a busy spot. Embedded in the nebula is the neutron star that is also a leftover of the supernova that produced the gas. Not only that, but the neutron star is still locked on to a […]

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