Nice Knowing You: Our Favorite Images From the Herschel Space Observatory
The Herschel Space Observatory's mission to photograph the stars is winding down, so we wanted to take the chance to remember some of the finest images Herschel captured during its three-year tour of duty. Now, yes, some of these images are color corrected and touched up to highlight the more spectacular points contained within them -- like the star forming inside a galactic bubble eight times more massive than our sun. In our view, that doesn't make them any less valuable to astronomers studying them, which is the whole point. It also makes them way better eye-candy for the rest of us to gape at, so we're just going to be thankful for it, rather than nitpicky.Read on...
Hubble Releases Cheery Holiday Snapshot of ‘Christmas Ornament’ NebulaIt's the time of year when even the normally staid scientists at NASA get into the holiday spirit. Last year, the space agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer imaged a cosmic christmas wreath for the holiday season. Not be outdone, the venerable Hubble Space Telescope is getting in on the action this year, offering up a dose of holiday cheer in the form of this image of NGC 5189, a nebula that -- if you're brimming over with holiday cheer or just squinting a little -- resembles a very merry Christmas ornament wrapped in a festive ribbon. You can take a trip through the cosmos to zoom in on the nebula just like the Hubble did in the short video below.Read on...