Galaxy NGC 4314 (Hubble View)
This close-up view by Hubble also shows other interesting details in the galaxy’s core: dust lanes, a smaller bar of stars, dust and gas embedded in the stellar ring, and an extra pair of spiral arms packed with young stars. These details make the centreresemble a miniature version of a spiral galaxy. While it is not unusual to have dust lanes and rings of gas in the centers of galaxies, it is uncommon to have spiral arms full of young stars in the cores. NGC 4314 is one of the nearest (only 40 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices) examples of a galaxy with a ring of infant stars close to the core. This stellar ring - whose radius is 1,000 light-years - is a great laboratory to study star formation in galaxies.
Credit: G. Fritz Benedict, Andrew Howell, Inger Jorgensen, David Chapell (University of Texas), Jeffery Kenney (Yale University), and Beverly J. Smith (CASA, University of Colorado), and NASA/ESA
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The world of astronomy is about to get a giant boost.
Five enormous new telescopes are currently in the works and when their construction is complete, as Sarah Zhang of Gizmodo puts it, “we will have the clearest and most detailed views of outer space ever.”
The telescopes and their respective sizes are:
1. Thirty Meter Telescope, Hawaii - 30 meters (98.43 feet)
2. European Extremely Large Telescope, Chile - 39 meters (128 feet)
3. James Webb Space Telescope - 6.5 meters (21.33 feet)
4. Giant Magellan Telescope, Chile - 25 meters (82.02 feet)
5. Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, Chile - 8.4 meters (27.56 feet; built for speed)
Not only will NASA’s own JWST (which is about 2.7 times larger than the diameter of Hubble, or about 6 times larger in area) revolutionize astronomy, but NASA often has contracts and agreements with other telescopes around the world, allowing space scientists to maximize time spent studying the stars and therefore constantly making new and exciting discoveries.
However, getting these giant projects finished isn’t easy. The James Webb Space Telescope almost didn’t make it until a strong campaign led by dedicated space advocates saved it. Check out the Save JWST petition here: http://www.savejwst.com/.
And still, the James Webb Space Telescope was supposed to launch this year, but after exceeding its initial budget, NASA pushed the project back until 2018. Astronomers and space enthusiasts alike are eagerly awaiting its data.
Want projects like these to become a reality without delays and budget woes?
Write Congress now telling them that you support doubling NASA’s funding: http://penny4nasa.org/take-action
Read more: http://gizmodo.com/the-5-massive-new-telescopes-that-will-change-astronomy-1610529758
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