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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 continues to capture images ahead of the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The 3D-Dash program is a high resolution survey that will allow researchers to locate rare objects and targets for JWST once it becomes fully operational. Hubble began its journey collecting... Read more...
Skywatchers are in for a treat this month, as five planets will align in the early morning sky. In addition to the five planets, the Moon will be joining the party at the end of the month. April provided amateur astronomers with the opportunity to see four planets aligned in the early morning sky without the need... 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...
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...
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...
The Hubble telescope looked deep into space and found a galactic eye staring right back. The image captured by Hubble is actually that of NGC 1097, a spiral galaxy that is 48 million light years from Earth. The image above was captured by the ESA/NASA Hubble telescope on March 14th. It showcases the complexity of... Read more...
A rare exoplanet that orbits two suns like the planet Tatooine in Star Wars has been detected by an unusual method for the first time. Specifically, Kepler-16b has been detected by a ground-based telescope. If someone were to mention a planet with two suns, Star Wars fans may recall a scene where Luke Skywalker... 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...
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...
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...
NASA's NuSTAR space observatory revealed the highest-energy light ever detected from Jupiter, solving a 30-year old mystery in the process. The Ulysses mission did not detect the high-energy light, as it flew by the planet back in 1992 and it left researchers scratching their heads as to why. Up close studies by... 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...
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...
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...
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...
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