Hubble Captures a Bright Spiral in the Queen’s Hair – NASA Science

Hubble Captures a Bright Spiral in the Queen’s Hair – NASA Science

NGC 4689 holds an interesting — albeit less royal — place in modern astronomy. The universe is so incredibly vast that at a distance of 54 million light-years NGC 4689 is relatively nearby for a galaxy. This image includes data from two sets of observations, one made in 2019, the other in 2024 , and … Read more

Galaxies Actively Forming in Early Universe Caught Feeding on Cold Gas – NASA Science

Galaxies Actively Forming in Early Universe Caught Feeding on Cold Gas – NASA Science

In Webb’s images, the galaxies look like faint red smudges, which is why extra data, known as spectra, were critical for the team’s conclusions. Those spectra show that light from these galaxies is being absorbed by large amounts of neutral hydrogen gas. “The gas must be very widespread and cover a very large fraction of … Read more

New Images From Euclid Mission Reveal Wide View of the Dark Universe – NASA

New Images From Euclid Mission Reveal Wide View of the Dark Universe – NASA

With NASA contributions, the mission will complement dark energy studies to be made by the agency’s upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. The Euclid mission, led by ESA (the European Space Agency) with contributions from NASA, has released five new images that showcase the space telescope’s ability to explore two large-scale cosmic mysteries: dark matter … Read more

Spotted: ‘Death Star’ Black Holes in Action – NASA

Spotted: ‘Death Star’ Black Holes in Action – NASA

A team of astronomers have studied 16 supermassive black holes that are firing powerful beams into space, to track where these beams, or jets, are pointing now and where they were aimed in the past, as reported in our latest press release. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) National Radio Astronomical Observatory’s (NRAO) Very … Read more

Hubble Views Cosmic Dust Lanes – NASA Science

Hubble Views Cosmic Dust Lanes – NASA Science

2 min read Hubble Views Cosmic Dust Lanes This Hubble Space Telescope image showcases a nearly edge-on view of the lenticular galaxy NGC 4753. ESA/Hubble & NASA, L. Kelsey Featured in this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is a nearly edge-on view of the lenticular galaxy NGC 4753. Lenticular galaxies have an … Read more

Hubble Glimpses a Star-Forming Factory – NASA Science

Hubble Glimpses a Star-Forming Factory – NASA Science

Remarkably, the 2020 supernova isn’t the only one that astronomers have seen in this galaxy – UGC 9684 has hosted four supernova-like events since 2006, putting it up there with the most active supernova-producing galaxies. It turns out that UGC 9684 is a quite active star-forming galaxy, calculated as producing one solar mass worth of … Read more

NASA Images Help Explain Eating Habits of Massive Black Hole – NASA

NASA Images Help Explain Eating Habits of Massive Black Hole – NASA

Data from NASA’s retired Spitzer Space Telescope has given scientists new insights into why some supermassive black holes shine differently than others. In images from NASA’s retired Spitzer Space Telescope, streams of dust thousands of light-years long flow toward the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Andromeda galaxy. It turns out these streams … Read more

NASA’s Chandra Notices the Galactic Center is Venting – NASA

NASA’s Chandra Notices the Galactic Center is Venting – NASA

These images show evidence for an exhaust vent attached to a chimney releasing hot gas from a region around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, as reported in our latest press release. In the main image of this graphic, X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue) have been combined with radio data from the MeerKAT telescope (red). Previously, astronomers had … Read more

NASA, JAXA XRISM Spots Iron Fingerprints in Nearby Active Galaxy – NASA Science

NASA, JAXA XRISM Spots Iron Fingerprints in Nearby Active Galaxy – NASA Science

The Resolve instrument aboard XRISM (X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission) captured data from the center of galaxy NGC 4151, where a supermassive black hole is slowly consuming material from the surrounding accretion disk. The resulting spectrum reveals the presence of iron in the peak around 6.5 keV and the dips around 7 keV, light thousands … Read more

How NASA’s Roman Mission Will Hunt for Primordial Black Holes – NASA

How NASA’s Roman Mission Will Hunt for Primordial Black Holes – NASA

Astronomers have discovered black holes ranging from a few times the Sun’s mass to tens of billions. Now a group of scientists has predicted that NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope could find a class of “featherweight” black holes that has so far eluded detection. Today, black holes form either when a massive star collapses … Read more