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NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) successfully met its fate, as it crashed into asteroid Dimorphos. The spacecraft was also able to capture some amazing images just before impact as well. In the closing hours of September 26, 2022, the world's first planetary defense technology demonstration met its... Read more...
9/26/2022 Update As a reminder, Jupiter's closest pass to Earth is tonight, so don't miss the opportunity to see it! It is a busy night for space as the NASA DART mission is reaching its conclusion this evening as well. Original story below... Jupiter will be in opposition to the Sun later this month, presenting an... Read more...
NASA's DART mission is nearing its final destination later today, as the spacecraft will slam into asteroid Dimorphos in hopes of changing its speed and path. You will be able to follow along tonight as the space agency will be sharing a live feed from the spacecraft, as well as a post-impact press briefing. DART... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured a gorgeous image of Neptune, its rings, and seven of the planet's moons. One of Neptune's moons shines so brightly, that it could be mistaken for a star. Neptune was first discovered in 1846 and has enamored astronomers since. The frigid planet is located 30... Read more...
NASA's InSight lander has captured the first audio of a meteoroid impacting another planet, and it sounds quite different than one might imagine. The lander's seismometer has been able to pick up vibrations from four separate impacts in the past two years. InSight first landed on the Red Planet in 2018. Since its... Read more...
NASA's Webb telescope captures first images and spectra of the Red Planet, revealing data beneath the planet's blinding light. The new information will be used along with other data collected by orbiters, rovers, and other telescopes to reveal more about Mars. While the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is located... Read more...
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover has been busy collecting rock-core samples in an area thought by scientists to be ideal for finding ancient signs of microbial life on Mars. The rover has also been taking some extraordinary pictures along the way. Perseverance is in its second science campaign, following a... Read more...
The remnants of an exploded white dwarf star are serving as a learning tool for astronomers. The supernova remnant, known as SNR 0519-69.0 (SNR 0519 for short) is the result of debris from a white dwarf star explosion. It is believed that the dwarf star in question reached a critical mass, "either by pulling matter... Read more...
The Hubble Space Telescope continues to capture dazzling images from space, as it catches an intimate cosmic dance of two intertwined spiral galaxies. The two galaxies are located more than a billion light-years from Earth. The European Space Agency (ESA) recently shared an image of two overlapping spiral galaxies... Read more...
NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft has captured its first images of its deep space target. The journeyed spacecraft is on a mission to crash into Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos, in order to collect data on a spacecraft being used to deflect an asteroid for planetary defense. While... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to unveil secrets of the universe, as it captures a Tarantula Nebula in high-resolution detail. The image also shed light on what astronomers previously thought was an older star. Located approximately 161,000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula lies within the... Read more...
A European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble telescope picture of the week captures a magnificent view of a dwarf irregular galaxy. The image showcases galactic marvel NGC 1156. NGC 1156 is not like many other galaxies known to Hubble. While its thousands of brilliant stars conjure up thoughts of a spiral galaxy, it lacks... Read more...
NASA has revamped its "Eyes on the Solar System" 3D visualization tool, making it easier to traverse the solar system in more interactive manner. Since its creation two years ago, the tool has seen many updates that include better controls, improved navigation, and new opportunities to learn about the cosmos. As we... Read more...
NASA's Artemis I is scheduled for liftoff later today, as long as teams can overcome fueling issues. As of right now, launch is set for 2:17 p.m. (ET) and you can watch live below. The Artemis program has been one of the most anticipated in recent history. Artemis I is an unmanned mission that will lay the... Read more...
NASA's Webb telescope has captured its first ever direct image of a planet outside our own solar system. Exoplanet HIP 65426 b is a massive gas planet, about 12 times the size of Jupiter. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to capture images never before seen. While still under the peer-review process... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to deliver amazing images from deep space. One of the latest is a colorized image of what is known as an Einstein Ring. JWST began sending full resolution images from deep space back in early July. Since then, it has dazzled with images of a Cartwheel Galaxy... Read more...
NASA made the very difficult decision to delay the launch of Artemis I just two minutes after the two-hour launch window opened at 8:33 a.m. Eastern. While disappointing, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said, "We don't launch until it's right." The long-awaited launch of Artemis I will have to wait a bit longer, as... Read more...
This weekend will provide avid astronomers with a parade of asteroids zipping past Earth. In fact, there will be a total of five airplane-sized asteroids joining the procession between Saturday and Monday. Just last month, a bus-sized asteroid made its way past Earth on Asteroid Day, the anniversary of the 1908... Read more...
NASA's Artemis I is scheduled to launch in less than a week, and you can watch live. This will be the first leg of a series of missions that will take humans back to the surface of the Moon, and eventually beyond to Mars. The Artemis program has been highly anticipated as it will eventually put humans back on the... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to amaze and give greater detail for NASA scientists to plunder through. New images captured of Jupiter by the space telescope is giving clues to the massive planet's inner life. Jupiter is not lacking in activity, as mammoth storms, powerful winds, auroras and... Read more...
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is preparing to make its way to a site that "enchanted" the space agency's science team when the rover first visited the site back in April of this year. But first, the team will be trying to figure out what two pieces of foreign object debris (FOD) found on one of the rover's coring... Read more...
A new study utilizing data from the first month of images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has revealed hidden details about galaxies during the first billion years of cosmic history. While the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been able to unveil much of the early universe, JWST is allowing scientists... Read more...
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