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Distant Supernova Dates Back To 10 Billion Years
2013-01-10 08:09:44

Have you ever wished for a time machine to be able to travel to the distant past? What about a "Wayback Television Set" that would allow you to watch an entire month of ancient prehistory in real time?

Astronomers Discover 7 Primitive Galaxies
2012-12-13 08:30:25

Astronomers have discovered seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago, during the Universe's infancy.

2012-12-10 16:58:54

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 12, to discuss the latest findings from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Andromeda Project Wants Your Help Searching For Star Clusters
2012-12-05 13:08:22

A new project, named The Andromeda Project, is asking the public's help to search through Hubble Space Telescope images to identify star clusters and increase our understanding of how galaxies evolve.

Hubble Sets Dark Matter Record Straight
2012-11-29 19:24:08

A new observation of Abell 520 has helped astronomers determine that the core of the galaxy cluster is not over-dense in dark matter after all.

Planet Devoured By Its Own Star In Secret
2012-11-20 13:37:03

New observations by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have found a planet that is secretly being consumed by its own star.

Hubble Tuning Fork Interactive Diagram
2012-11-19 13:27:53

The European Space Agency released an image this week of an interactive diagram known as the Hubble Tuning Fork which helps to describe the shape of galaxies, which can come in all different sizes.

Ask An Expert – Our Colorful Universe
2012-11-19 05:59:39

What you see in the beautiful images from the Hubble Space Telescope (and other instruments) is not what you would see with your own eyes.


Latest Edwin Hubble Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cosmology -- area of science that aims at a comprehensive theory of the structure and evolution of the entire physical universe. Modern Cosmological Theories Present models of the universe hold two fundamental premises: the cosmological principle and the dominant role of gravitation. Derived by Hubble, the cosmological principle holds that if a large enough sample of galaxies is considered, the universe looks the same from all positions and in all directions in space. The second point...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Spiral Galaxy -- Among the galaxies, there are apparently three main categories, according to their appearance: the disk galaxies (`cosmic frisbies' according to P. Murdin, D. Allen, and D. Malin), consisting of a huge disk of stars and interstellar matter, which may form interesting patterns, the elliptical galaxies (`cosmic footballs') which are uniformly looking, ellipsoidal agglomerations of stars, and the irregular galaxies (`cosmic misfits') which cannot be integrated in this scheme....

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Reflection Nebula -- In astronomy, reflection nebulae are clouds of dust which are simply reflecting the light of a nearby star or stars. The nearby star or stars are not hot enough to cause ionization in the gas of the nebula like in emission nebulae but are bright enough to give sufficient scattering to make the dust visible. The distiction between these two types of nebulae was done by Hubble in 1922. They are usually blue because the scattering is more efficient for blue light...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Redshift -- Redshift is the phenomenon that the frequency of light when observed, under certain circumstances, can be lower than the frequency of light when it was emitted at the source. This usually occurs when the source moves away from the observer, as in the Doppler effect. More specifically, the term redshift is used for the observation that the spectrum of light emitted by distant galaxies is shifted to lower frequencies (towards the red end of the spectrum, hence the name) when...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Big Bang -- The Big Bang theory is the dominant theory in cosmology about the early development and current shape of the universe. According to this theory, the universe expanded rapidly starting 13.7 0.2 billion years ago. Extrapolating the history of the universe backwards using current physical models leads to a gravitational singularity, at which all distances become zero and temperatures and pressures become infinite. What this means is unclear and most physicists believe that this...

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Word of the Day
coulisse
  • One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
  • The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
  • A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
  • A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theatre.
The word 'coulisse' comes from a French word meaning "sliding door".
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