30 Years of Photos From the Hubble Telescope

Fresh off a celebration for the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th birthday, National Geographic took time to peruse and publish select photos from the remarkable research tool’s past three decades. Living well beyond its initial 10-year term, the telescope has helped agencies answer long-held questions and inspire generations to continue searching. From “How old is the universe?” (13.8 billion years old) to “Do black holes actually exist? …

Hubble’s New Galactic Finds

10,000 times more luminous than our Milky Way, a series of the universe’s “brightest infrared galaxies” have been captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Using a natural phenomenon called gravitation lensing, the galactic imagery has been magnified to “reveal a tangled web of misshapen objects punctuated by exotic patterns, such as rings and arcs,” according to NASA. What’s even more curious about the shapes: speculating …

Hubble’s Beautiful Close-Up Image of the Crab Nebula

In yet another image and discovery that are difficult to comprehend fully, NASA has delved into the core of Taurus’ Crab Nebula—via the Hubble Telescope—and released an up-close image that shows the left-overs of a supernova. The glistening, colorful picture shows a neutron star in the middle of the nebula that’s “about the same mass as the sun but compressed into an incredibly dense sphere …