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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is expected to deliver more detailed images from deeper into space than ever before. Researchers are hoping to utilize Webb's observations to tell us about the makeup and composition of individual galaxies in the early universe for the first time ever. JWST has been one of... Read more...
Micrometeoroids have impacted the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), but NASA says not to worry. The space agency reported that between May 23 and 25, the space telescope suffered an impact to one of its primary mirror segments. The highly anticipated space telescope has been undergoing a six month journey of... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a tempestuous gravitational dance between two companion galaxies. NGC 3226 and NGC 3227, together known as Arp 94, are located somewhere between 50 and 60 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Leo. Hubble continues to send back stunning images ahead of the... Read more...
As NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) nears readiness, the space agency is already preparing a list of exhilarating targets. One of those targets is a super-hot super-Earth where lava rain falls into molten oceans. JWST is just weeks away from full operation, according to a post on NASA's website. The space... Read more...
Hubble has provided the imagery necessary to identify a black hole that is growing at a breakneck speed in the early universe. Astronomers believe that it could be the "missing link" between young star-forming galaxies and the first supermassive black holes. Until recently, a supermassive black hole, known as... Read more...
NASA believes it may be on the bubble of creating a bigger and better space telescope. The bigger the telescope, the more light it collects, and the farther astronomers are able to gaze into the vastness of space. As the world patiently awaits the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to cool down enough to become... Read more...
With much of the initial setup and fine-tuning out of the way, the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) instruments have been cooling down, but one instrument in particular needs a cryocooler in order to really chill out. While the other instruments need to reach about 34 to 39 kelvins in order to be operational, the... Read more...
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured evidence of a Jupiter-like protoplanet forming through an “intense and violent” process. The discovery seems to support a highly argued theory for how a planet like Jupiter forms, called “disk instability.” Planets are created from material that originated in a... Read more...
The strongest indicator for the presence of life on another planet is perhaps not oxygen, but rather methane. In a new study by scientists at UC Santa Cruz, a compelling case can be made for methane in a planet's atmosphere being cause for biological activity on a distant planet. When one thinks about detecting... Read more...
A 30 year journey of exploring beyond our own solar system has led to the discovery of over 5,000 exoplanets, as confirmed by NASA yesterday. The count surpassed the 5,000 milestone after the latest batch of 65 exoplanets were added to the NASA Exoplanet Archive. While the question of whether or not we are alone in... 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...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is still in the long and intricate process of aligning its mirrors, which needs to be completed before sending back pictures from deep space. Once JWST is fully operational, scientists are eager to begin studying quasars and their host galaxies, thereby potentially shedding light on... 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'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...
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...
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...
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...
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is well on its way into the far depths of outer space. But shortly after launch on December 25th, 2021, its separation from the Ariane 5 rocket was captured in all its glory, in glorious high resolution video. JWST completed its secondary mirror deployment earlier this week. It... Read more...
The sunshield of the James Webb Space Telescope is nothing if not impressive. It is an essential part of the telescope and it is therefore important to guarantee it is working correctly. NASA is not quite ready to tension the sunshield, but there is no need for panic yet. NASA delayed adjusting the James Webb Space... Read more...
NASA finished out 2021 with a critical deployment milestone for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program, as the second mid-boom completed its process just before midnight. With the milestone reached, the telescope's sunshield has expanded to take on its full diamond shape in space. NASA had a very busy and... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was finally launched into space Christmas Day and began its long journey into hopefully finding out some of the mysteries of our Solar System. A NASA astrophysicist talks about why JWST looks the way it does and more in a recent YouTube video. On December 25th NASA finally... Read more...
Update (12/27/21): Now that the James Webb Telescope has successfully left Earth to go make all kinds of cool discoveries, we can track its progress in real-time with a nifty dashboard showing its progress as it zooms through space. Here it is... Check out that cruising speed—it's zipping through space at a... Read more...
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