Saturday, September 12, 2009

Scientists “giddy with the quality of data” from refurbished Hubble

Since astronauts gave the orbiting Hubble telescope “an extreme makeover” in May (they repaired some instruments that had died and installed a spectrograph and a new camera), scientists have been blown away by the images, data being beamed to the surface.

“We are giddy with the quality of data,” said one scientist.

Most recently, Hubble spotted a “butterfly-shaped galaxy and wisps of stardust containing the elements of live,” as well as a galaxy being sucked into a supermassive black hole, new nebulae and nascent planetary systems.

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