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NASA's Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) has helped astronomers gain insight into finding the best explanation for how particles in jets perpendicular to black holes get accelerated to such high energies. The latest study explains that the best explanation for particle acceleration is a shock wave within the... Read more...
As NASA's Artemis I mission completed its sixth day, its Orion spacecraft captured some amazing close-up images of the lunar surface. Orion took the images as it made its closest outbound approach to the Moon on November 21, 2022. The long-awaited Artemis I mission finally launched on November 16, 2022, in the... Read more...
NASA's Perseverance rover recently began exploring an area on Mars with the potential of finding organics and biosignatures. The rover is currently in Yori Pass, an area said to be rich in sandstone. There has been no shortage of exciting events this year in terms of exploring all that lies beyond our home planet... Read more...
A new map has been created which allows users to investigate the entire observable universe with pinpoint accuracy for the first time ever. The gorgeous compilation was pieced together using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey by astronomers at Johns Hopkins University mined over the last two decades. Scientists... Read more...
The European Union is looking to send data centers into space in an effort to fight climate change. Thales Alenia Space is spearheading a study called ASCEND, which is part of the EU's "Horizon Europe" initiative. The need for digitalization means that data centers around the world are growing at a never before... Read more...
An intermediate-mass black hole was recently discovered devouring an unsuspecting star that got a bit too close, producing a flair of radiation that outshined even the combined stellar light of the host dwarf galaxy. The destruction of the star is known as a "tidal disruption event", or TDE, and could help scientists... Read more...
The Moon will be entering the Earth's shadow this month, creating a spectacular total lunar eclipse, called a "Blood Moon." If you miss catching this event while it's happening live, it will be another three years before another total lunar eclipse will occur. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon... Read more...
Astronomers have discovered the closest-known black hole to Earth, at just 1600 light-years away. It is also the first clear detection of a dormant stellar-mass black hole in the Milky Way. Stellar-mass black holes typically weigh in at approximately five to 100 times the mass of our Sun. These types of black holes... Read more...
An international team has identified a very large atomic gas structure which spans nearly 2 million light-years in a region around a famous quintet of galaxies. The team used the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) 19-beam receiver to unveil the atomic gas around Stephan's Quintet. Stephan's... Read more...
The Hinode spacecraft captured incredible footage of an annular eclipse using its X-ray Telescope. The international mission is led by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, with help from the European Space Agency, and NASA. Solar eclipses are some of the most fascinating and stunning occurrences here on... Read more...
A newly discovered asteroid, roughly the size of the world's tallest building, will make a near-Earth pass on November 1, 2022. The mammoth asteroid, called 2022 RM4, was discovered on September 12, 2022, by the Pan-STARRS 2 telescope in Hawaii. NASA recently flew a spacecraft into asteroid Dimorphos, in order to... Read more...
NASA's Webb telescope captured an image of the Pillars of Creation that looks like the hand of the Grim Reaper reaching out from the very soul of the universe. The pillars were first made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope back in 1995. Webb recently captured the Pillars of Creation with its Near-Infrared Camera... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) reached far back into the universe's past, and captured a galaxy whose light took 13.3 billion years to reach Earth. When MACS0647-JD was first discovered in 2012, it set a new distance record for finding the farthest galaxy seen in the universe at that time. Astronomers... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the aftermath of a collision between two neutron stars, which sent a jet of radiation hurtling through space at nearly the speed of light. Hubble was used to measure the motion of a "blob" of material the resulting jet smashed into. A neutron star is the surviving core of... Read more...
The Rubin Observatory LSST Camera is the world's largest digital camera to ever be constructed. The 3200 megapixel camera is being assembled to take images for Rubin Observatory's 10-year Legacy Survey of Space and Time. When one thinks about a camera, thoughts of a handheld mirrorless or a smartphone camera... Read more...
NASA shared an image of one of the most extreme rotating neutron stars, or pulsars, ever captured, and leaves many in awe. The image was captured in three bands of X-ray light detected by the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 2016. Social media has been lit up lately with amazing and jaw dropping imagery from the James... Read more...
It's no secret that we here at HotHardware love space. While we won't fault you for thinking we mean storage capacity, in this case, we're talking about astronomy and astrophysics. So, imagine our delight when one of the best space simulators ever announced its sequel back in 2020. Kerbal Space Program 2 now has an... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured an alluring image of the Herbig-Haro objects HH 1 and HH 2, showcasing a tempestuous and turbulent stellar nursery of infant stars. Both objects are located in the constellation Orion, and are about 1,250 light-years away from Earth. While the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured an awe-inspiring image of the iconic Pillars of Creation. The interstellar gas and dust that make up the incredible columns, are home to a plethora of newly forming stars. The Pillars of Creation were first made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. The... Read more...
Sky watchers are in for a treat later this week, as the Orionid meteor shower is expected to provide a fantastic light show in the sky. This particular meteor shower is compliments of perhaps the most famous space rock, Halley's Comet. The Orionid meteor shower is a product of the inbound leg of Halley's Comet. The... Read more...
Researchers have created a map of the Milky Way's ancient dead past, revealing the resting place of stars that have since passed away. In fact, the study unveiled a massive eerie graveyard that stretches three times the height of our own Milky Way. The Milky Way as we know it is a crowded space. A black hole... Read more...
A dust storm 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers) in size, has been wreaking a bit of havoc on NASA's InSight Mars lander. The storm was first spotted on September 21, 2022, by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). While the enormous storm did not have an immediate impact on the Mars lander, on October 3 the team noticed... Read more...
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