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Hubblecast 67: Of galaxies and penguins — Arp 142

2013-06-20 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 24s

This episode of the Hubblecast explores the violent world of galactic mergers, as shown by the cosmic duo Arp 142 in a stunning new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.…

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Hubblecast 66: Hubble uncovers the secrets of the Ring Nebula

2013-05-23 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 29s

Episode 66 of the Hubblecast explores the Ring Nebula (Messier 57). Although this nebula is one of the most famous objects in our skies, more than 200 years after its discovery astronomers are still unveiling some of its secrets.…

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Hubblecast 65: A whole new view of the Horsehead Nebula — celebrating Hubble's 23rd birthday

2013-04-19 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 6m 3s

This episode of the Hubblecast celebrates 23 years of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, by unveiling a beautiful and striking new image of the Horsehead nebula.…

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Hubblecast 64: It all ends with a bang!

2013-04-03 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 9m 47s

Most stars in the Universe are small and insignificant, and they will -- eventually -- fizzle out without much drama. But a few light up the sky when they die, and in the process, they don’t just tell us about the lives of stars: they create the building blocks of life, and help us to unravel the whole history of the Universe. These are the stars that end their lives as supernovae, explosions that are among the most violent events in the Universe.…

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Hubblecast 63: From the distant past - Hubble and art

2013-03-06 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 7m 58s

This episode of the Hubblecast explores how conceptual artist Tim Otto Roth has been inspired by scientific data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to create a unique work of art.…

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Hubblecast 62: A spiral galaxy with a secret

2013-02-05 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 4m 57s

Despite its appearance, which looks much like countless other galaxies, Messier 106 hides a number of secrets. In this episode of the Hubblecast, Dr Joe Liske (aka Dr J) takes us on a tour of the galaxy. Thanks to a new image, which combines data from Hubble with observations by amateur astronomer Robert Gendler, the galaxy’s secrets are revealed as never before.…

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Hubblecast 61: A Tour of NGC 5189

2012-12-18 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 22s

In this episode of the Hubblecast, Dr Joe Liske (aka Dr J) invites us to tour NGC 5189, a planetary nebula in our galaxy. The nebula looks like a ribbon in space, with a complex structure that comes from the dying throes of a Sun-like star at its centre.…

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Hubblecast 60: Galaxy scores a bullseye

2012-12-06 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 4m 20s

Episode 60 of the Hubblecast explores NGC 922, a galaxy that has been hit square-on by another. Ripples of star-formation are still propagating out across thousands of light-years of space over 300 million years after the collision, making it a prime example of what astronomers call a collisional ring galaxy.…

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Hubblecast 59: Unweaving the rainbow

2012-11-12 :: ESA/Hubble

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Hubblecast 58: Caught in the cosmic web

2012-10-16 :: ESA/Hubble

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Hubblecast 57: Hubble's hidden treasures unveiled

2012-08-23 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 4m 27s

In this episode of the Hubblecast, Joe Liske (aka Dr J) presents the winners of the Hidden Treasures image processing competition.…

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Hubblecast 56: Dramatic change spotted on a faraway planet

2012-06-28 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 18s

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Hubblecast 55: Crash of the Titans

2012-05-31 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 6s

In this episode of the Hubblecast, scientists Jay Anderson and Roeland van der Marel show how they have used Hubble observations to predict the future of the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way.…

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Hubblecast 54: 22 years in images

2012-04-17 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 3s

To celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope this month, episode 54 of the Hubblecast gives a slideshow of some of the best images from over two decades in orbit, set to specially commissioned music.…

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Hubblecast 53: Hidden Treasures in Hubble's Archive

2012-03-27 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 6m 2s

Over two decades in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope has made a huge number of observations. Every week, we publish new ones on the Hubble website. But hidden in Hubble’s huge data archives are some truly breathtaking images that have hardly ever been seen by anyone.…

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Hubblecast 52: The Death of Stars

2012-01-17 :: ESA/Hubble

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Hubblecast 51: Star-forming region S 106

2011-12-15 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 4m 43s

In this episode of the Hubblecast, we take a tour of the compact star-forming region Sh 2-106. Its hourglass shape is caused by the final, violent phases of a star’s formation in the middle of the gaseous nebula. This episode explains some of the science behind Hubble’s observations and brings them to life with detailed 3D computer visualisations.…

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Hubblecast 50: Q&A with Dr J

2011-10-25 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 10m 59s

In episode 49 of the Hubblecast, Dr Joe Liske (aka Dr J) asked viewers to send in their questions about astronomy and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. In episode 50, Dr J picks his favourite few questions from the hundreds that were sent in.…

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Hubblecast 49: Supersonic jets from newborn stars

2011-08-31 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 15s

In this episode of the Hubblecast, Joe Liske (aka Dr J) looks at newborn stars firing out jets of matter. These jets may cast new light on how the Sun formed 4.5 billion years ago.…

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Hubblecast 48: Deep Observations of the Andromeda Galaxy

2011-07-21 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 4s

In this episode of the Hubblecast, Joe Liske, aka Dr J, takes us on a tour of the outer reaches of the Andromeda Galaxy, the closest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way.…

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Hubblecast 47: Pandora's Cluster

2011-06-22 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 0s

This joint episode of the Hubblecast and ESOcast presents Abell 2744, an unusual cluster of galaxies nicknamed "Pandora's Cluster" by the astronomers who have studied it. Looking at the galaxies, gas and dark matter in the cluster, scientists have reconstructed the series of huge collisions that created it, and have uncovered some strange phenomena never seen together before.…

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Hubblecast 46: A tour of Centaurus A

2011-06-16 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 4m 1s

The Hubblecast's Dr J, aka Joe Liske, takes us on a tour of Centaurus A, a bright and dusty galaxy in the Southern sky. Hubble’s observations are the most detailed ever made of this galaxy.…

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Hubblecast 45: Building a treasure trove of observations

2011-04-21 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 8m 56s

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is working on three of the most ambitious projects in its history just now. These multicycle treasury programs are using Hubble's unique ability to observe across the spectrum from ultraviolet, through visible, to infrared light, to build up a library of data which will serve astronomers for many years. In this podcast episode, presenter Dr J (aka Joe Liske) looks at these projects, and how they will complement the capabilities of the next great thing in space-based astronomy, the James Webb Space Telescope.…

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Hubblecast 44: Hubble spies on the Tarantula Nebula

2011-03-15 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 4m 47s

The Hubblecast's Joe Liske (Dr J) takes us on a tour of the Tarantula Nebula. Bright star forming gas clouds, super star clusters and supernova remnants are just some of the sights in this dramatic region of the night sky.…

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Hubblecast 43: Hubble and Black Holes

2011-02-28 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 9m 10s

For centuries, scientists imagined objects so heavy and dense that their gravity might be strong enough to pull anything in - including light. They would be, quite literally, a black hole in space.…

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Hubblecast 42: Hubble's Greatest Hits

2011-01-27 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 8m 46s

What makes a scientific discovery really important? It's partly down to how much scientists use the discovery in subsequent work -- but it’s also partly down to what inspires their imagination. In this episode, the Hubblecast talks to some leading astronomers about their favourite Hubble discovery. Meanwhile, our presenter, Dr J, struggles to make up his mind.…

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Hubblecast 41: Hubble's History Told by Hubble's Scientists

2010-12-14 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 9m 41s

Hubble's history of scientific breakthroughs has made us think afresh about our Universe. But behind the astronomical successes is a rollercoaster ride of scientific and technical challenges going back decades. The Hubblecast caught up with some of the key players in Hubble's history, including an astronaut, a Nobel Prize winner and one of the scientists who diagnosed Hubble's blurred vision in 1990. In this episode, narrated by veteran ESA scientist Bob Fosbury, they tell Hubble’s story through their personal experiences.…

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Hubblecast 40: Wide Field Camera 3 - Hubble's New Miracle Camera

2010-10-29 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 9m 15s

In early 2009, a team of astronauts visited Hubble to repair the wear and tear of twenty years of operating in a hostile environment - and to install two new instruments, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, and Wide Field Camera 3 - better known as WFC3.…

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Hubblecast 39: The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS)

2010-09-27 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 12m 7s

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.…

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Hubblecast 38: Hubble in popular culture

2010-09-01 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 51s

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?…

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Hubblecast 37: Bubbles and baby stars

2010-06-22 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 4m 37s

This Hubblecast features a spectacular new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image - one of the largest ever released of a star-forming region. It highlights N11, part of a complex network of gas clouds and star clusters within our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. This region of energetic star formation is one of the most active in the nearby Universe.…

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Hubblecast 36: Gifts from the sky: honouring 20 years of Hubble

2010-04-23 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 12m 29s

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.…

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Hubblecast 35: The stuff of legend

2010-04-15 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 7m 51s

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.…

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Hubblecast 34: Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet

2010-04-08 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 3m 41s

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.…

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Hubblecast 33: Saturn's stunning double show

2010-02-11 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 19s

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.…

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Hubblecast 32: Born in Beauty: Proplyds in the Orion Nebula

2009-12-14 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 14s

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.…

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Hubblecast 31: Sky merger yields sparkling dividends

2009-10-13 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 5m 25s

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.…

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Hubblecast 30: Rebirth of an icon

2009-09-09 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 10m 32s

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.…

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Hubblecast 29: Mission Accomplished: Healing Hubble

2009-06-22 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 6m 20s

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.…

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Hubblecast 28: The fifth and final Hubble servicing mission

2009-05-01 :: ESA/Hubble
Length: 7m 30s

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.…

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The latest news about astronomy, space and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope presented in High Definition is only for devices that play High Definition video (not iPhone or iPod). To watch the Hubblecast on your iPod and/or iPhone, please download the Standard Definition version also available on iTunes.

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