The fifth moon. Pluto is somewhere in the darkened area. 
Image courtesy: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, ESA and M. Showalter from SETI.

The Hubble Space Telescope has just discovered the fifth moon of Pluto. It turns out that the dwarf planet gets a lot of attention!

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NASA announced that astronomers using Hubble’s wide field camera discovered a cluster of galaxies at the beginning stages of development. This is the farthest away that a cluster such as this has ever been observed in the early Universe.

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Researchers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble telescopes have discovered a rare distant galaxy which may date back to 750 million years after the Big Bang.

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Scientists have stumbled upon a couple of monsters – two supermassive black holes. In fact, they are heavier than anything we have known! Scary and awe-inspiring

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The Hubble successor – the James Webb Space Telescope – just got a new lease of life! The US Senate has dug it out of a deep hole.

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A new fourth moon of Pluto has been discovered, thanks to Hubble.

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Russia launched a giant radio telescope that is set to be the largest telescope ever built. Its resolution will leave Hubble way behind.

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With the end of the space shuttle program, NASA wants to erase out its legacy. This seems to be the mood, one of disbelief, desperation and anger, in the astronomy circles, in reaction to the cancellation of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program.

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Eagle nebula Pillars of Creation

If the Cosmos is the place of all things beautiful and unusual, the Hubble Space telescope (known simply as ‘Hubble’ or HST) is the ultimate eye to see it with. Launched on 20th April, 1990, aboard the Discovery space shuttle by NASA, as the best of the space-based optical telescopes, Hubble has reached out to all.

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types of telescopes

The problem is that the eye is just too small. The opening of the eye – the pupil – is just too small, about one-eighths of an inch across. Very little light gets through and, thus, dim cosmic objects are invisible to the naked eye. For progress, we needed bigger apertures and that is how the telescope was born.

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