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Article ID: 692917

Hubble 28th Anniversary Image Captures Roiling Heart of Vast Stellar Nursery

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For 28 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has been delivering breathtaking views of the universe. The latest offering is this image of the Lagoon Nebula to celebrate the telescope’s anniversary. Hubble shows the roiling heart of this vast stellar nursery in stunning unprecedented detail.

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Hubble Makes the First Precise Distance Measurement to an Ancient Globular Star Cluster

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Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers were able to use the same sort of trigonometry that surveyors use to precisely measure the distance to NGC 6397, one of the closest globular clusters to Earth. The only difference is that the angles measured in Hubble’s camera are infinitesimal by earthly surveyors’ standards.

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Article ID: 691988

NASA Awards Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships

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NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP). The program enables outstanding postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent research in any area of NASA Astrophysics. Each fellowship provides the awardee up to three years of support.

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Hubble Uncovers the Farthest Star Ever Seen

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Using the Hubble Space Telescope and a quirk of nature called gravitational lensing, an international team of astronomers has found the most distant individual star ever discovered, dubbed "Icarus." This discovery provides new insight into the formation and evolution of stars in the early universe, the makeup of galaxy clusters, and the nature of dark matter.

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    28-Mar-2018 1:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 691750

Dark Matter Goes Missing in Oddball Galaxy

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Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of galaxy NGC 1052-DF2 have turned up an oddity that sets it apart from most other galaxies, even the diffuse-looking ones. It contains little, if any, dark matter, an invisible substance that makes up the bulk of our universe.

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Kepler Solves Mystery of Fast and Furious Explosions

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Using Kepler's unique capabilities, astronomers have captured the blast properties of an unusual exploding phenomenon known as a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient (FELT). This allowed them to exclude a range of theories about how FELTs happen, and converge on a plausible model.

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Hubble Solves Cosmic 'Whodunit' with Interstellar Forensics

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Scientists have used the Hubble Space Telescope to chemically analyze the gas in the Leading Arm (the arching collection of gas that connects the Magellanic Clouds to the Milky Way) and determine its origin.

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Arrested Development: Hubble Finds Relic Galaxy Close to Home

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Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have identified a very rare and odd assemblage of stars that has remained essentially unchanged for the past 10 billion years. The diffuse stellar island, galaxy NGC 1277, provides valuable new insights into the origin and evolution of galaxies billions of years ago.

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NASA’s Webb Telescope to Make a Splash in Search for Interstellar Water

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Most of the water in the universe floats in vast reservoirs called molecular clouds. It coats the surface of dust grains, turning them into cosmic snowflakes. When stars and planets form, those snowflakes get swept up, delivering key ingredients for life. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will map water and other cosmic ices to gain new insights into these building blocks for habitable planets.

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Article ID: 690477

Hubble Finds Huge System of Dusty Material Enveloping the Young Star HR 4796A

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Astronomers have used Hubble to uncover a vast, complex dust structure, about 150 billion miles across, enveloping the young star HR 4796A. A bright, narrow, inner ring of dust is already known to encircle the star and may have been corralled by the gravitational pull of an unseen giant planet. This newly discovered huge structure around the system may have implications for what this yet-unseen planetary system looks like around the 8-million-year-old star, which is in its formative years of planet construction.

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