This diagram shows how the diameter of the 17-billion-solar-mass giant black hole, in the heart of galaxy NGC 1277, compares with the orbit of Neptune around the Sun. The black hole is eleven times wider than Neptune‘s orbit. Shown here in two dimensions, the “edge” of the black hole is actually a sphere. Image credit: D. Benningfield/K. Gebhardt/StarDate
This full of stars image by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, offers an impressive view of the center of Globular cluster NGC 6362. The image of this spherical collection of stars takes a deeper look at the core of the globular cluster, which contains a high concentration of stars with different colors. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Astronomers working with the Hubble Space Telescope have taken the deepest-ever view of the Universe. Above the deepest image of the Cosmos ever made, with a total of over two million seconds of exposure time. Image credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team Watch the video…
Big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is almost twice the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy, about 170,000 light-years across! Also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101 lies within the boundaries of the northern constellation Ursa Major, about 25 million light-years away. This multiwavelength view of this large spiral galaxy, is a composite of images recorded by space-based telescopes in the 21st century. Image credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, JPL, Caltech STScI
Is this a contrail from an alien spaceship? A jet from a black-hole? A delicate ribbon of gas floats eerily in our galaxy.
Actually this image, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, is a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago. Image credit: Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
The two galaxies called NGC 3314 by Hubble Space Telescope, look as if they are colliding, but they are actually separated by tens of millions of light-years, or about ten times the distance between our Milky Way and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama)
Herbig-Haro 110 is a geyser of hot gas, resembling a Fourth of July skyrocket, from a newborn star that splashes up against and ricochets off the dense core of a cloud of molecular hydrogen. Although the plumes of gas look like whiffs of smoke, they are actually billions of times less dense than the smoke from a July 4 firework. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)