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Astronomers have captured an image of an Odd Radio Circle (ORC) in high definition for the first time. In some instances, an ORC can have a diameter of hundreds of kiloparsecs (kps). In comparison, our Milky Way is about 30 kpc across and its center lies about 8 kpc from the Solar System. The ambiguous ORCs were... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has hit a critical milestone in its mirror alignment and NASA says it is performing at or above expectations. The highly touted space telescope captured an image last week that excited its operators here on Earth. JWST completed the critical milestone in its mirror alignment of... Read more...
A pair of supermassive blackholes are locked in a fateful dance that draws them ever closer to one another. Once the pair finally merges in approximately 10,000 years, the result is expected to send out gravitational waves that will rattle space and time itself. Astronomers have known that quasars could possess two... Read more...
A new discovery reveals a unique feature when it comes to some of Saturn's aurorae. Observations made with the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, Hawaii Island, shows that some of the ringed planet's aurorae are generated by swirling winds within its own atmosphere. This unique observation differs from all other... Read more...
A dazzling image of the aptly named Spanish Dancer galaxy was captured utilizing the US Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera. The galaxy is located around 70 million light-years away in the constellation Dorado. Scientists and astronomers are eagerly awaiting the first images from NASA's James Webb... Read more...
NASA has received the first image from its Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) since its launch in December of last year. The spectacular image shows the remains of a star that exploded in the 17th century, and it looks like a purple fireball hovering in space. IXPE launched on December 9th of last year with... Read more...
It feels as if we discover something new about space everyday, much of which challenges our existing understanding of the universe. Many current research projects are especially focused on studying the evolution of stars and their origins. Two particular stars recently piqued astronomers’ interest. Astronomers... Read more...
While manmade space debris is still believed to be colliding with the Moon in early March, what that actual debris is believed to be has changed. Bill J. Gray, who originally linked the debris to a second stage booster from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched in 2015, has now determined it to be from a Chinese mission... Read more...
A video shared by NASA on its Instagram page for National Pizza Day has gone viral for the most delicious reason. The video is from NASA's Juno mission, and showcases what cyclones look like in infrared on the giant gas planet. NASA's Juno mission has been sending back some interesting pictures of Jupiter, which... Read more...
NASA's Webb Telescope took its first images from deep space, which were cosmic selfies showcasing its primary mirror segments. They were taken using the NIRCam instrument aboard the space observatory. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) entered its final orbital destination around the second Lagrange point last... Read more...
A team of astronomers have found evidence of an exoplanet orbiting the closest star to our own Sun. The discovery was made using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) in Chile. Last year NASA used a deep learning AI to discover 301 exoplanets that human eyes had previously missed. The... Read more...
A group of astronomers and astrophysicists have reported that they have found evidence of an isolated stellar-mass black hole for the first time ever. The black hole was detected with the help of the Hubble Telescope, and is estimated to be 7.1 times the mass of our sun. As everyone awaits the James Webb Space... Read more...
NASA shared a photo of a cosmic dance between two stars that triggered thermonuclear explosions in deep space. The shock waves emitted from the blasts produced a gorgeous light show captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Astronomers and scientists are eagerly awaiting the moment that NASA's James Webb Space... Read more...
An Earth Trojan asteroid has been confirmed by scientists, and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. The asteroid is more than a kilometer wide and is only the second known of its kind orbiting along with Earth around the Sun, and is the bigger of the two. Scientists in Chile using the SOAR... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope has reached its final insertion in orbit around the second Lagrange point. While the telescope has not quite been fully tweaked and enabled just yet, its first target will be a Sun-like star as it begins the intricate process of mirror alignment. Since the launch of the James Webb... Read more...
Once one of the brightest stars in the night sky, the star Eta Carinae, lost its luster after the 1843 Great Eruption. NASA has now provided a three-dimensional model of the Homunculus Nebula and accompanying clouds of dust and gas that cloak the bad-tempered star. NASA recently captured the eruption of a volcano... Read more...
A team of astrophysicists have developed a method of estimating the number of stellar-mass black holes, and that number is massive. They estimate that while these black holes only make up 1% of all normal matter, there are an astounding 40,000,000,000,000,000,000 (40 quintillion) of them. Teams at NASA continue to... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has nearly reached its desired orbit, nearly 1 million miles away from Earth. As the NASA telescope nears the second Lagrange point (L2), it will begin the intricate process of aligning its mirrors. Earlier this month, JWST achieved another milestone as its gold-coated mirror... Read more...
As SpaceX celebrates launching its 2,000th Starlink satellite into space, astronomers are not as ecstatic about it. It seems all those satellites have began photobombing some astronomical observations. Last week SpaceX launched 105 satellites from consumers in twenty different nations, including CubeSats, microsats... Read more...
On January 18th, a 1km-wide (.62mi) asteroid will zip by Earth. Although it will be a relatively close encounter, there is nothing to fear as the giant hunk of rock will pass 1.9 million miles from our pale blue planet, which is roughly seven times the distance to the moon. However, what is interesting about this... Read more...
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has shared new pictures of the Flame Nebula that gives the appearance of a wildfire in space. The images were captured using the SuperCam instrument at Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX). Capturing photographs in and of space has been on the minds of many as the James Webb... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has reached a major milestone and has fully deployed its gold-coated mirror. But the telescope is still not quite ready to begin beaming back images of the early Universe. Since the Christmas day launch of JWST, NASA has been systematically bringing individual systems... Read more...
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