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Hubble telescope is still taking my breath away
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 15, 2022 10:08PM




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The lazily winding spiral arms of the spectacular galaxy NGC 976 fill the frame of this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This spiral galaxy lies around 150 million light-years from the Milky Way in the constellation Aries. Despite its tranquil appearance, NGC 976 has played host to one of the most violent astronomical phenomena known – a supernova explosion. These cataclysmically violent events take place at the end of the lives of massive stars and can outshine entire galaxies for a short period. While supernovae mark the deaths of massive stars, they are also responsible for the creation of heavy elements that are incorporated into later generations of stars and planets.

Supernovae are also a useful aid for astronomers who measure the distances to faraway galaxies. The amount of energy thrown out into space by some types of supernova explosions is very uniform, allowing astronomers to estimate their distances from how bright they appear to be when viewed from Earth. This image – which was created using data from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 – comes from a large collection of Hubble observations of nearby galaxies which host supernovae as well as a pulsating class of stars known as Cepheid variables. Both Cepheids and supernovae are used to measure astronomical distances, and galaxies containing both objects provide useful natural laboratories where the two methods can be calibrated against one another.

Text credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Jones, A. Riess et al.

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Re: Hubble telescope is still taking my breath away
Posted by: DP
Date: January 16, 2022 06:14AM
I love that stuff...

Crazy when you think how long it will take to explore our own galaxy, let alone the billions of the rest of the galaxies-each populated by thousands to billions of stars. Even if we have Warp Speed or Hyperspatial Jumping, the unimaginable vastness of just our Milky Way
alone is a lot of real estate to cover-

I've read that the most distant objects are traveling away from us at faster than the speed of light because they were formed before the physical laws of the universe were established!





A little break from the grief...






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Re: Hubble telescope is still taking my breath away
Posted by: DP
Date: January 16, 2022 08:10AM


One of my favorites: M87, a huge, huge! elliptical galaxy that consists of a few trillion stars and with a jet of matter being ejected from the incredibly massive central black hole, traveling at close to the speed of light.

It looks like as if there is one star at the center with a "light halo" surrounding it but that "halo" is all stars!





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Re: Hubble telescope is still taking my breath away
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 16, 2022 02:16PM
Let's hope those last couple reaction wheels last a long, long, time! Or SpaceX pulls of a miracle, and figures out a way to use the Dragon II to send a servicing mission... (very unlikely... just docking to the Hubble would be nearly insurmountable...)



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Re: Hubble telescope is still taking my breath away
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: January 16, 2022 02:19PM
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Paul F.
Let's hope those last couple reaction wheels last a long, long, time! Or SpaceX pulls of a miracle, and figures out a way to use the Dragon II to send a servicing mission... (very unlikely... just docking to the Hubble would be nearly insurmountable...)


There are hopes of a Hubble servicing mission? I hadn't seen anything about this.



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Re: Hubble telescope is still taking my breath away
Posted by: CW2V
Date: January 16, 2022 05:53PM
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pRICE cUBE

...a supernova explosion. These cataclysmically violent events take place at the end of the lives of massive stars and can outshine entire galaxies for a short period. While supernovae mark the deaths of massive stars, they are also responsible for the creation of heavy elements that are incorporated into later generations of stars and planets.

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Re: Hubble telescope is still taking my breath away
Posted by: freeradical
Date: January 16, 2022 10:27PM
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DP


I've read that the most distant objects are traveling away from us at faster than the speed of light because they were formed before the physical laws of the universe were established!


Well, that's not exactly what Hubble's Law says.
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Re: Hubble telescope is still taking my breath away
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 18, 2022 10:06AM
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pRICE cUBE
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Paul F.
Let's hope those last couple reaction wheels last a long, long, time! Or SpaceX pulls of a miracle, and figures out a way to use the Dragon II to send a servicing mission... (very unlikely... just docking to the Hubble would be nearly insurmountable...)


There are hopes of a Hubble servicing mission? I hadn't seen anything about this.

No plan currently... Just some amateurs doing "back of the envelope" math, without knowing half the variables...
If SpaceX or NASA are planning anything, they're not telling anyone.



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