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The latest news about astronomy, space, and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope
Recent Episodes for Hubblecast
DATE: Mon, 27 Sep 2010
SIZE: 137. MB
Hubblecast 39: The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS)
Today's telescopes study the sky across the electromagnetic spectrum. Each part of the spectrum tells us different things about the Universe, giving us more pieces of the cosmic jigsaw puzzle. The most powerful telescopes on the ground and in space have joined forces over the last decade in a unique observing campaign, known as GOODS, which reaches across the spectrum and deep back into cosmic time.
DATE: Wed, 01 Sep 2010
SIZE: 66.7 MB
Hubblecast 38: Hubble in popular culture
When Hubble was launched in 1990, every astronomer knew it had an opportunity to make profound breakthroughs in science. A few realised its potential as a tool for inspiring people with awe for the Universe. But could anyone have predicted how deeply Hubble would become embedded in popular culture?
DATE: Tue, 22 Jun 2010
SIZE: 53.1 MB
Hubblecast 37: Bubbles and baby stars
Hubblecast 37: Bubbles and baby stars
DATE: Fri, 23 Apr 2010
SIZE: 143. MB
Hubblecast 36: Gifts from the sky: honouring 20 years of Hubble
Throughout its 20-year career, while moving at a staggering 28 000 kilometres per hour, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has made more than 930 000 observations and snapped over 570 000 images of 30 000 celestial objects. It has made more than 110 000 trips around our planet while collecting more than 45 terabytes of data, enough information to fill nearly 5800 DVD movies. Astronomers using Hubble data have published more than 8700 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built. Join Dr J as he reviews the life of this prized observatory and presents it the Cosmic Lifetime Achievement Award for the scientific and artistic gifts it has given us.
DATE: Thu, 15 Apr 2010
SIZE: 90.6 MB
Hubblecast 35: The stuff of legend
Gearing up for the 20th anniversary of the legendary space observatory, Dr. J takes a look at the story of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Born of an ambitious idea, it took decades for Hubble to become a reality. The project was complex and often faced huge setbacks but, ultimately, the powerful telescope took to the skies aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on 24 April 1990.
DATE: Thu, 08 Apr 2010
SIZE: 41.2 MB
Hubblecast 34: Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet
Hubble has snapped a spectacular view of M66, the largest "player" of the Leo Triplet, and a galaxy with an unusual anatomy: it displays asymmetric spiral arms and an apparently displaced core. The peculiar anatomy is most likely caused by the gravitational pull of the other two members of the trio.
DATE: Thu, 11 Feb 2010
SIZE: 60.8 MB
Hubblecast 33: Saturn's stunning double show
In January and March 2009, researchers using Hubble took advantage of a rare opportunity to record Saturn when its rings are edge-on, resulting in a unique movie featuring both of the giant planet's poles. Saturn is only in this position every 15 years or so and this favourable orientation has allowed a sustained study of the two beautiful and dynamic aurorae, Saturn's own northern and southern lights.
DATE: Mon, 14 Dec 2009
SIZE: 71.4 MB
Hubblecast 32: Born in Beauty: Proplyds in the Orion Nebula
Visible to the naked eye, only 1500 light-years from Earth, the great Orion Nebula has been known and revered since ancient times. A popular target of Hubble, researchers have now identified 42 new discs within it that could be the beginnings of new planetary systems like our own.
DATE: Tue, 13 Oct 2009
SIZE: 62.5 MB
Hubblecast 31: Sky merger yields sparkling dividends
A recent NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image captures what appears to be one very bright and bizarre galaxy, but is actually the result of a pair of spiral galaxies, like our own Milky Way, smashing together at incredible speeds. This object was a target of Hubble's and a handful of its "sibling" spacecraft as part of a massive comprehensive sky survey called GOALS.
DATE: Wed, 09 Sep 2009
SIZE: 122. MB
Hubblecast 30: Rebirth of an icon
After more than three months of calibration and testing, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is re-opening its rejuvenated eyes to begin probing the Universe once again. Dr. J reveals the stunning new images and the fascinating science behind them.
DATE: Mon, 22 Jun 2009
SIZE: 73.0 MB
Hubblecast 29: Mission Accomplished: Healing Hubble
The fifth and final mission to the iconic Hubble Space Telescope was a long time coming. After a delay in the fall of 2008, spring brought new hope and, on 11 May, the seven Space Shuttle crew members headed for the mission of a lifetime.
DATE: Fri, 01 May 2009
SIZE: 85.2 MB
Hubblecast 28: The fifth and final Hubble servicing mission
Shuttle astronauts will visit the Hubble Space Telescope for the final time in May 2009. In five bold and daring spacewalks, they will upgrade Hubble's instruments allowing it to continue making remarkable scientific discoveries well into the next decade.
DATE: Wed, 29 Apr 2009
SIZE: 76.0 MB
Hubblecast 27: What has Hubble taught us about the planets?
For nineteen years, NASA/ESA' s Hubble Space Telescope has made some of the most dramatic discoveries in the history of astronomy but it has also helped scientists learn more about our own Solar System. From its vantage point 600 km above the Earth, Hubble has studied every planet in our Solar System except Mercury where light from the Sun would damage its instruments. Hubble has captured the impact of a comet on Jupiter, immense storms on Neptune and even tiny dwarf planets at the edge of our Solar System. The veteran telescope keeps a watchful eye on our solar backyard.
DATE: Thu, 05 Feb 2009
SIZE: 49.0 MB
Hubblecast 26: Exceptionally deep view of strange galaxy
A spectacular new image of an unusual spiral galaxy in the Coma Galaxy Cluster has been created from data taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. It reveals lots of new details of the galaxy, NGC 4921, as well as an extraordinary rich background of more remote galaxies stretching back to the early Universe.
DATE: Mon, 15 Dec 2008
SIZE: 105. MB
Hubblecast 25 Special: What's Next?
In this new Hubblecast Special episode, Dr. J guides us through the seventh chapter of Eyes on the Skies, the International Astronomical Union's movie celebrating the telescope's 400th anniversary in 2009.
DATE: Thu, 11 Dec 2008
SIZE: 110. MB
Hubblecast 24 Special: Beyond Earth
In this new Hubblecast episode, Dr. J guides us through the sixth chapter of Eyes on the Skies, the International Astronomical Union's movie celebrating the telescope on its 400th anniversary in 2009.
DATE: Tue, 25 Nov 2008
SIZE: 105. MB
Hubblecast 23 Special: Seeing the invisible
In this new Hubblecast episode, Dr. J guides us through the fifth chapter of Eyes on the Skies, the International Astronomical Union's movie celebrating the telescope on its 400th anniversary in 2009.
DATE: Thu, 13 Nov 2008
SIZE: 56.4 MB
Hubblecast 22: Hubble directly observes planet orbiting Fomalhaut
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered an extrasolar planet, for the first time using direct visible-light imaging. The strange world is far-flung from its parent star, is surrounded by a colossal belt of gas and dust, and may even have rings more impressive than Saturn's.
DATE: Thu, 13 Nov 2008
SIZE: 87.5 MB
Hubblecast 21 Special: From silver to silicon
In this new Hubblecast episode, Dr. J guides us through the fourth chapter of Eyes on the Skies, the International Astronomical Union's movie celebrating the telescope on its 400th anniversary in 2009.
DATE: Thu, 25 Sep 2008
SIZE: 107. MB
Hubblecast 20 Special: Technology to the rescue
In this new Hubblecast episode, Dr. J guides us through the third chapter of Eyes on the Skies, the International Astronomical Union's official movie celebrating the telescope on its 400th anniversary in 2009.
DATE: Wed, 03 Sep 2008
SIZE: 109. MB
Hubblecast 19 Special: Bigger is better
In this new Hubblecast episode, Dr. J guides us through the second chapter of Eyes on the Skies, the International Astronomical Union's official movie celebrating the telescope on its 400th anniversary in 2009.
DATE: Wed, 20 Aug 2008
SIZE: 52.4 MB
Hubblecast 18: Hubble sees magnetic monster in erupting galaxy
The Hubble Space Telescope has solved a long-standing puzzle by resolving giant but delicate filaments shaped by a strong magnetic field around the active galaxy NGC 1275. It is the most striking example so far of the influence of the immense tentacles of extragalactic magnetic fields.
DATE: Fri, 25 Jul 2008
SIZE: 150. MB
Hubblecast 17 Special: New views of the skies
In this new Hubblecast episode, Dr. J guides us through the first chapter of Eyes on the Skies, the International Astronomical Union's official movie celebrating the telescope on its 400th anniversary in 2009.
DATE: Thu, 24 Apr 2008
SIZE: 103. MB
Hubblecast 16: Galaxies gone wild!
One of the big mysteries in astronomy is how galaxies grow and evolve over time. Collisions between galaxies are thought to be key events that shape their development. A stunning collection of 59 new images of colliding galaxies has been released to mark the 18th anniversary of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. They give us a unique insight into how galaxies collide to form larger galaxies.
DATE: Wed, 02 Apr 2008
SIZE: 65.9 MB
Hubblecast 15: Black hole found in enigmatic Omega Centauri
For astronomers, Omega Centauri has been an outcast amongst globular clusters for a long time. A new result obtained by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Observatory provides a surprising explanation for Omega Centauri's peculiarities.
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