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Hubble Images Variable Star's Light Echo
2013-12-18 04:42:49

[ Watch the Video: Light Echoes Around RS Puppis ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, collected over the span of five weeks, show the variable star RS Puppis growing alternately brighter and dimmer – a phenomenon known as a light echo. Hubble monitored RS Puppis, which is ten times more massive and roughly 15,000 times more luminous than the sun, and captured it at different stages throughout its...

Hubble Finds Europa Water Vapor
2013-12-12 13:10:28

[ Watch the Video: Europa Shows Evidence Of Liquid Water ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years scientists have suspected the presence of liquid water under the surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Now, the Hubble Space Telescope has detected evidence of water vapor eruption from the moon’s surface, according to a new report published in Science Express on Thursday. The space agency is looking to observations from other sources to confirm Hubble’s initial...

2013-12-12 12:25:02

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter's moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon's surface. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa's icy crust. Researchers are not yet certain whether the...

Webb Telescope Video Sewn Up
2013-12-11 09:00:04

[ Watch The Video: Behind The Webb Episode - All Sewn Up ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online How do you build a space telescope? NASA's "Behind the Webb" series of videos that follow the construction and testing as the James Webb Space Telescope is being pieced together. Host Mary Estacion takes you behind the scenes to talk to the people building this state-of-the-art observatory. The newest video in the series, called "All Sewn Up," reveals how the pieces that...

Five Alien Worlds With Water Detected By Hubble Space Telescope
2013-12-03 14:19:52

[ Watch the Video: Water That's Out Of This World Detected By Hubble ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said its Hubble Space Telescope has detected subtle traces of water in the atmospheres of five distant alien worlds. Two teams of scientists have discovered faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five exoplanets. This is the first study to conclusively measure and compare the profiles and intensities of these signatures on multiple worlds. "We're...

2013-12-03 12:21:11

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using the powerful­ eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but this is the first study to conclusively measure and compare the profiles and...

Hubble Sees Old And Mysterious Cluster
2013-11-14 12:17:16

[ Watch The Video: A Rare and Exotic Intermediate-Mass Black Hole ] NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the best ever image of the globular cluster Messier 15, a gathering of very old stars that orbits the center of the Milky Way. This glittering cluster contains over 100 000 stars, and could also hide a rare type of black hole at its center. This multi-colored firework display is a cluster of stars known as Messier 15, located some...

2013-11-12 23:30:17

Egon Jaeggin of Numerical Precision, Inc., recently took his grand kids to see the movie ‘Gravity.’ He quietly cheered during the first ten minutes as Dr. Ryan Stone — played by actress Sandra Bullock — uses a facsimile of a pistol-grip cordless drill which his firm built for NASA in 2009. Wheeling, IL (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 Mr. Egon Jaeggin of Numerical Precision, Inc., recently took his wife and grand kids to see the movie ‘Gravity.’ He quietly cheered during the first...

Six-Tailed Asteroid Caught By NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
2013-11-07 15:50:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope have witnessed an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust. NASA said the asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler with the dust radiating from it like water being whipped around a yard. P/2013 P5, located in our Solar System’s asteroid belt, is puzzling astronomers with its unusual appearance. "We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it," said lead...

2013-11-07 12:21:59

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers viewing our solar system's asteroid belt with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of light, this asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler. Astronomers are...


Latest Hubble Space Telescope Reference Libraries

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2012-05-12 09:14:38

Endeavour launched from Kennedy Space Center on December 2, 1993 at 4:27 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on December 13 at 12:25 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 163 times at an altitude of 321 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 4.4 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 19 hours, 58 minutes, and 37 seconds. This was the first mission to repair and maintain the Hubble Space Telescope. It involved the second longest spacewalk to date at nearly 8 hours. The final...

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2010-11-19 15:58:19

Scott Altman is a test pilot and NASA astronaut. He was born Scott Douglas Altman on August 15, 1959 in Lincoln, Illinois. He grew up in Pekin, Illimois and graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1977. He continued on to the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He was commissioned in the United States Navy in August 1981 and received his Navy wings of gold in February 1983. Altman was deployed to the Western...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Adaptive Optics -- Adaptive optics is a technology to improve the performance of Earth-based telescopes, reversing the effect of atmospheric distortions. When light from a star or another astronomical object enters the Earth's atmosphere, the different temperature layers and different wind speeds distort and move the image in various ways (see seeing for a proper discussion). The net result is that an 8 meters or 10 meters telescope (like the VLT or Keck), while theoretically capable...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Hubble's Variable Nebula -- Hubble's variable nebula is named (like the Hubble telescope itself) after the American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, who carried out some of the early studies of this object. It is a fan-shaped cloud of gas and dust which is illuminated by R Monocerotis (R Mon), the bright star at the bottom end of the nebula. Dense condensations of dust near the star cast shadows out into the nebula, and as they move the illumination changes, giving rise to the variations first...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Hourglass Nebula -- This is an image of MyCn18, a young planetary nebula located about 8,000 light-years away, taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This Hubble image reveals the true shape of MyCn18 to be an hourglass with an intricate pattern of "etchings" in its walls. This picture has been composed from three separate images taken in the light of ionized nitrogen (represented by red), hydrogen (green), and doubly-ionized...

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