A Giant Jellyfish in Space Leaves Boffins Perplexed

A barred spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way was discovered in 2014 by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope. Unlike our own family of stars, this galaxy is traveling over seven million kilometers per hour through a cloud of hot gas within a cluster of galaxies. This movement is causing material to be pushed out from the galaxy, creating a tail, giving this galaxy a shape like a gigantic jellyfish. This unusual object will be a target of the James Webb Space Telescope, launching in 2021.

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Hubble Space Telescope Camera Fails and Government Shutdown Prevents Repairs

The Hubble Space Telescope suffered a major setback as a primary instrument, the Wide Field Camera 3, failed on January 8th. This is one of two main cameras aboard the orbiting telescope, and was installed by astronauts in 2009. Backup equipment aboard Hubble might be able to revive the telescope, but engineers are not at work during a partial shutdown of the federal government. Repairs to the Hubble are unlikely to happen until the government reopens.

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