Are Hubble Images Real? Part III: What Makes Them Real?

TLDR: Yes, Hubble images are real. This series of posts is dedicated to the scrutiny of Hubble imagery and a broader discussion of the veracity of astronomical imagery. In this post, we’ll look at a few examples of how Hubble extends beyond human vision to illuminate our understanding of the universe.

Are Hubble Images Real? Part I: Image Artifacts

TLDR: Yes, Hubble images are real. This series of posts is dedicated to the scrutiny of Hubble imagery and a broader discussion of the veracity of astronomical imagery. In this post, we'll look at the distracting image artifacts that are removed when creating press imagery.

What’s Up with Jupiter and Saturn?

Jupiter and Saturn made a big splash last month due to the historic conjunction of our solar system’s two largest planets. From our vantage point here on Earth, looking out onto the flat plane of the sky, a conjunction occurs when two or more celestial bodies seem to slide right past each other in the... Continue Reading →

Hubble Heritage Archive: Elliptical Galaxy NGC 4889

The text and images in this article were originally published on February 8, 2016, and reflect information about NGC 4889 available at that time. The Sleeping Giant—Elliptical Galaxy NGC 4889 The majestic yet placid appearance of this serene galaxy, NGC 4889, is deceiving to the unsuspecting observer. Captured in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image,... Continue Reading →

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