As if black holes weren't mysterious enough, astronomers have found an unexpected thin disk of material furiously whirling around a supermassive black hole at the heart of the magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 3147, 130 million light-years away.
It is the sixth storm scientists have been able to document since 1989 when NASA's Voyager 2 probe first flew past Neptune, but it is the first whose birth and development was documented.
Located in the constellation of Hercules, about 230 million light-years away, NGC 6052 is a pair of colliding galaxies. This particular image was taken using the Wide Field Camera 3 on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
It has taken researchers almost three years to produce this deepest image of the Universe ever taken from space, by recovering a large quantity of ‘lost’ light around the largest galaxies in the iconic Hubble Ultra-Deep Field.
The Hubble Space Telescope's has managed to take the most detailed image yet of our Local Group neighbour - the Triangulum galaxy, also known as Messier 33, or NGC 598, located 3 million light years away.
The Hubble Space Telescope is a hero in the astronomy world - serving 25 years in space. And when it suffered a malfunctioning on October 5th, it took a heroic effort on the part of the Hubble team to get it working again.
“The emission is clearly above what the neutron star itself emits—it doesn’t come from the neutron star alone,” the study’s lead author stated.“This is very new.”
Hubble Space telescope snapped a series of stunning images of auroras dancing in the sky. The observations were taken before and after the Saturnian northern summer solstice.
An international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies.