Science Year in Review

Latest edition:

Hubble 2011 Hubble 2011 In the 2011 edition of the Hubble Science Year in Review, celebrating 21 years of Hubble operations, you'll read about Dr. Adam Riess sharing the Nobel Prize with two other astronomers whose teams used the Hubble Space Telescope in their ground-breaking work on the mysterious force known as dark energy. You'll also learn about a star-formation region, galaxy NGC 4214; the remnant of Supernova (SN) 1987A; the very distant supernova, SNa Primo; observations of the aftermath of an asteroid collision involving (506) Scheila; and the dust structure of the Whirlpool Galaxy. Included in the "Hubble News" section is a report about a Hubble laser display that took place at the Maryland Science Center and at New York City's Natural History Museum. There are articles about the discovery of a new Pluto moon; finding planets in archived Hubble data; flaring red dwarf stars; supersonic jets from young stars; the Cepheid variable star V1; Hubble's Multi-Cycle Treasury Programs; the mysterious object known as Hanny's Voorwerp; an investigation into a gamma-ray burst; the brightest gravitationally lensed galaxy; measuring the galactic merger rate; and ruling out one alternative to dark energy. The "Supporting Hubble" section features a selection of profiles about dedicated Hubble personnel. See details >

Previous editions:

In the 2010 edition of the Hubble Science Year in Review, celebrating 20 years of Hubble operations, you'll find information about a suspected asteroid collision, two dissipating exoplanetary atmospheres, and a planet-like companion to a brown dwarf. There are articles about ejected stars, new star birth in an ancient elliptical galaxy, the serach for the earliest galaxies, a detailed dark-matter map, and an exploration of the helium reionization era. You can enjoy reading about 20 years of Hubble history and operations and learn about the making of the IMAX Hubble 3D movie, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. See also the "Supporting Hubble" section, which features a selection of profiles about dedicated Hubble personnel.

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In the 2009 edition of the Hubble Science Year in Review you'll find information on an asteroid impact on Jupiter and also about the smallest Kuiper Belt object ever detected. You can also find out about high-speed ballistic stellar interlopers; multi-wavelength observations of the center of our Milky Way galaxy; and a flaring galactic jet in the galaxy M87, as well as new evidence for dark matter around dwarf galaxies and starbursts in dwarf galaxies, and how a newly refined Hubble constant narrows possible explanations for dark energy. In addition, you can find out more about Hubble's history, design, and operations, and about Servicing Mission 4, during which Hubble instruments were successfully repaired and updated. See also the "Supporting Hubble" section, which features a selection of profiles about dedicated Hubble personnel.

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Read the 2008 edition for information on the following topics: A new red spot on Jupiter, dwarf bodies in the Solar System, first visible-light image of an extra solar planet, Supernova Remnant SN 1006, probing the atmosphere of exoplanets, magnetic filaments in an active galaxy, interacting galaxies, dark matter and galaxy life in a supercluster, barred spiral galaxies and galactic evolutions, and searching for baryonic matter in intergalactic space. This edition includes profiles, news, history, and sections on Hubble design and operations.

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Read the 2007 edition for information on the following topics: Debris disk imaging, space weather, globular clusters, star formation in the Magellanic clouds, ultraviolet emission in galaxies, cosmic structure, dark matter, galaxy protoclusters and supernova host environments. This edition includes profiles, news, history and sections on design and operations.

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The 2006 edition discusses the following topics: Jupiter's new red oval, Kupier Belt binaries, Cepheid calibration, Orion's Great Nebula, "Hot Jupiters," Einstein Rings, active galactic nuclei outflows, galactic jets, and red-and-dead galaxies. It includes sections on Hubble history, design, operations, news, and profiles.

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Hubble Science Year in Review is an annual collection of essays and images designed to share the year's most important Hubble science, as determined by astronomers. The essays go into detail about the research, and can thus provide greater context than the typical news release. Each edition is released in the following year — for example, the 2007 book was released in 2008, and the 2006 book in 2007.

These volumes provide only a highlighted selection of the year's discoveries and center on topics rather than on individual news items. For the complete collection of Hubble news and more specifically focused information, visit NewsCenter. For the best selection of Hubble images, visit Gallery

Hubble Science Year in Review consists of a series of downloadable PDFs. You will need Acrobat Reader to view the information.