As you may have noticed over the years, we like to celebrate the anniversary of Hubble’s launch with a special image that showcases the orbiting observatory’s fantastic light-gathering abilities and tack-sharp views of the cosmos. This year, to mark 32 years in orbit, we pointed Hubble towards an obscure grouping of galaxies known as Hickson... Continue Reading →
Capturing a New Type of Supernova
SN 2018zd may be a new breed of supernova. Read on to discover how the image behind this story was created.
A Deep View Down Broadway
One of the more philosophical concepts that astronomers have to deal with on an everyday basis is the commingling of space and time in astronomical images. The underlying idea is straightforward. The speed of light is finite. Light from a star or nebula or galaxy takes a measurable amount of time to cross the space... Continue Reading →
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder
This image, the M31 Deep Field, may not look like much. It doesn't have the bold colors and dynamic composition of many Hubble images. Yet it's one of my favorite images because of what we can see if we look a little harder. In fact it shows nothing less than the entire sweep of the... Continue Reading →