It’s not every day that we get to direct a $2.5 billion, school-bus-size instrument. But this month, NASA is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy by letting us decide which object the Hubble telescope should target next.
You get to choose from six heretofore unexamined regions of the universe: two planetary nebulae; two spiral galaxies, visible from different angles; the amorphous “Star-Forming Region NGC 6334”; and — the current front-runner — two “interacting galaxies” that appear to be merging and go by the joint name Arp 274. Voting closes March 1. NASA will post the results on March 2 and photos of the winner in early April.
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