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Tuesday December 2nd 2014

‘Hubble Watch’ Archives

Oldest Galaxy Record May be broken (Again)

Oldest Galaxy Record May be broken (Again)

Hubble appears to have beaten the record for the oldest galaxy observed by over 120Million light years. While there may  be some confirmation to do on the discovery , the candidate Galaxy named UDFj-39546284, is seen as it was just 480 million years after the Big Bang at a distance of 13.2 billion light years away. Current theory suggests we [...]

A cosmic question mark

A cosmic question mark

To truly appreciate this picture you have to click to see the larger image. It represents an unusual shaped galaxy never before documented.  The galaxy is curling around itself like a question mark. This picture was taken by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. It is NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster. NGC 4696 is an [...]

An “Island Universe” in the Coma Cluster

An “Island Universe” in the Coma Cluster

AUGUST 10, 2010: A long-exposure Hubble Space Telescope image shows a majestic face-on spiral galaxy located deep within the Coma Cluster of galaxies, which lies 320 million light-years away in the northern constellation Coma Berenices. The galaxy, known as NGC 4911, contains rich lanes of dust and gas near its center. These are silhouetted [...]

M31-Milky Way simulated collision

M31-Milky Way simulated collision

 It may be a few billion years away(about 4.5), but it is believed that the two largest galaxies in our local group will merge.   The radial velocity of the Andromeda galaxy with respect to the Milky Way can be measured by examining the Doppler shift of spectral lines from stars in the galaxy, but the transverse velocity cannot be directly [...]

Hubble IMAX 3D

Hubble IMAX 3D

The Hubble IMAX 3D release, in theatres from March 19. The trailer looks great, and it is to be narrated byLeonardo DiCaprio I've heard about the amazing work done by NASA astronauts to repair and upgrade this amazing telescope and it looks like this story might help tell that tale. Should be worth a look!

New Stunning Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image released

New Stunning Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image released

This is yet another astonishing image from Hubble. This is a new version of the Ultra Deep Field, in near-infrared light and taken with the newly installed Wide Field Camera 3. This image is of the same region as the visible Ultra Deep Field in 2004, but at longer wavelengths providing more information about the early Universe's history. We are [...]

Titan, Enceladus, Dione, and Mimas Transit of Saturn

Titan, Enceladus, Dione, and Mimas Transit of Saturn

Taken February, 2009 - Hubble "This picture was taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on 24 February 2009, when Saturn was at a distance of roughly 1.25 billion kilometres from Earth. Hubble can see details as small as 300 kilometres across on Saturn. This close-up view of Saturn's disc captures the transit of several moons [...]

Astonomy Picture of the day – Lagoon Nebula

Astonomy Picture of the day – Lagoon Nebula

Cool image of the Lagoon Nebula. Taken as part of the GigaGalaxyZoom Project.

Hubble – More Amazing pictures

So what are we going to do without Hubble? It may have been recently upgraded but it's not going to last forever.... and there is nothing, NOTHING planned to replace it's visible light telescope. These images are simply breathtaking. More images from http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/html/heic0911b.html

Some of the best hubble pictures posted on YouTube

There are many locations to view these pictures but the sheer variety is astounding. With the recent repairs/upgrades to Hubble at a cost of 5Billion dollars we can expect 5 to 10 more years of amazing photographs.

Hubble Deep Field Movie

Hubble gazes to the end of the universe...   This is an incredible movie showing just how far hubble has gazed into the universe

Hubble Deep Field…

Hubble Deep Field…

It is hard to image how we attempted to visualise the universe prior to Hubble.  Back in 1996 Hubble was pointed at an "empty" area of the night sky for approx 10 days,  it took the following image.... The point in the sky was just a tiny spot (3 arc seconds or the size of a small coin 70 meters away...). Amazing as this picture was, [...]