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News Archive / Tagged: Hubble Space Telescope

  • Hubble enters safe mode after encountering gyroscope problem

    Jason RhianOctober 10th, 2018

    An issue has been discovered with one of Hubble's gyroscopes that help point the telescope. What impact will this have on science observations made by the 30-year-old spacecraft?

  • Has NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope detected first exomoon?

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 4th, 2018

    NASA's Kepler Space Telescope may have discovered evidence of a moon orbiting a planet around a distant star.

  • Increase in ‘Oumuamua’s speed through the solar system reveals it to be a comet

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 3rd, 2018

    Scientists observing the path of 'Oumuamua,' the first known interstellar object to pass through the solar system, discovered it to be traveling faster than expected, leading them to conclude it is actually a comet that received a boost in speed through outgassing.

  • Hubble spots farthest star ever seen

    Jim SharkeyApril 7th, 2018

    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an enormous blue star, nicknamed 'Icarus,' located more than halfway across the universe. Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen. Normally it would be too faint to observe even with the world's largest telescopes, but the astronomers were able to take advantage of a phenomenon known as "gravitational lensing" that greatly magnified the star's faint glow.

  • NASA video simulation takes viewers on a journey through the Orion Nebula

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 14th, 2018

    A new 3D video simulation that uses images taken by both the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes takes viewers on a stunning simulated journey within the Orion Nebula.

  • Hubble spots exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere

    Jim SharkeyAugust 6th, 2017

    Researchers working with data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found the strongest evidence to date for the existence of a stratosphere – the layer of an atmosphere in which temperature increases with altitude – on an exoplanet (a planet outside of the Solar System).

  • Third largest dwarf planet found to have moon

    Laurel KornfeldMay 21st, 2017

    Dwarf planet 2007 OR10, the third largest of nine known dwarf planets in the Solar System, is orbited by a small moon, scientists discovered using current and archival images gathered by three separate observatories.

  • Trump space advisors considering Hubble servicing mission

    Bart LeahyFebruary 16th, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump administration advisers are considering a public-private crewed mission aboard the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft to keep the aging Hubble Space Telescope (HST) operational. The proposed mission, which would not happen before 2019, would require support from the next NASA administrator.

  • Hubble spots giant ‘cannonballs’ shooting from star

    Jim SharkeyOctober 9th, 2016

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered blobs of superhot plasma, each twice as large as the planet Mars, being ejected from the binary-star system V Hydrae. These plasma balls are flying through space so fast that it would take only 30 minutes for them to cover the distance from Earth to Mars.

  • NASA: Europa may have plumes of water being jettisoned into space

    Jason RhianSeptember 26th, 2016

    NASA announced on Monday, Sept. 26, a discovery regarding the Galilean moon Europa. Hubble Space Telescope observations show the moon appears to be jettisoning plumes of water out into space.

  • Hubble detects small moon orbiting dwarf planet Makemake

    Laurel KornfeldApril 28th, 2016

    Dwarf planet Makemake, the second brightest object in the Kuiper Belt, is orbited by a small, dark moon. The satellite was discovered by a team of scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) from observations conducted in April 2015.

  • NASA’s chief ‘Hubble-Hugger’ announces retirement from agency

    Jason RhianApril 5th, 2016

    On April 30, NASA will lose one of the agency's most experienced spaceflight veterans when astronaut John Grunsfeld retires from NASA. Grunsfeld is currently serving as the agency's associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, a role he has held for four years.

  • Waiting for scientific breakthroughs: an interview with JWST project scientist Pierre Ferruit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 28th, 2015

    In an interview with, JWST Project Scientist Pierre Ferruit of the European Space Agency (ESA) talks of the telescope’s key role in future astronomy observations, describes the latest updates and explains how Europe contributes to the project.

  • Astronaut Scholarship Foundation commemorates Hubble’s first 25 years

    SpaceFlight InsiderNovember 9th, 2015

    COCOA BEACH, Fla. — On Friday, Nov. 6, the ASF invited guests to experience a night at Eastern Florida State College with astronauts and other personnel who were involved with the release, repair, and utilization of the Hubble Space Telescope over the past 25 years.

  • Hubble portrait of Jupiter captures new changes in Great Red Spot

    Jim SharkeyOctober 15th, 2015

    Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have produced new maps of Jupiter as part of series of annual portraits of the Solar System's outer planets to analyze how these giant planets change over time. The images of Jupiter have already revealed a previously unseen filament in the core of the Great Red Spot and a rare wave just north of the planet's equator.