New Neptune moon discovered by astronomers

While astronomers tend to focus on the Universe beyond our Solar System, it seems that there are still secrets hidden in our own neighborhood. Neptune has another moon that no one knew about until now. Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope shows that Neptune has another moon, senior research scientist Mark Showalter of the […]

Picture of the Day: The North-American nebula

Here’s a truly gorgeous image by astrophotographer Mick Hyde, a mosaic of NGC 7000 (the North American nebula) and the Pelican nebula (IC 5070). The structure on the upper left side is the North American nebula, with the darkest lobe of dust near the center forming the “Gulf of Mexico.” The star-forming region is located […]

Hubble and Hershel show the Horsehead Nebula in spectacular new photos

  New near-infrared and far-infrared views captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel space telescope have provided a spectacular new look at the famous Horsehead Nebula.

Quote of the Day 20/3/13

“We often frame our understanding of what the space telescope will do in terms of what we expect to find, and actually it would be terribly anticlimactic if in fact we find what we expect to find. … The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to […]

Hubble finds oldest known star might be older than the universe

You can’t be older than your parents, right? But there is a nearby star that at first glance looks like it is older than the universe! Hubble Space Telescope astronomers are coming to grips with this paradox by improving the precision of the observations used to estimate the age of this “Methuselah star.”

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