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NOIRLab’s Dark Energy Camera (DECam) has captured some of this year’s most breathtaking images of deep space. From God’s Hand to stellar tendrils, the 570MP digital camera has left millions awe inspired. Here's a round-up of these amazing stellar sights that have been discovered so far this year. Dark Energy... Read more...
The Euclid space telescope unveiled seven more rogue planets in an image of the Horesehead Nebula, roughly 1,500 light years from Earth. Making the find even more incredible is that these free-floating planets do not reflect the light of a star, making them extremely hard to spot. Rogue planets are not tethered to... Read more...
Stargazers will be able to view six of the Solar System’s planets form a straight line as they take their place in a parade of planets. Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus will all take part in the parade, with Venus being the only one absent. While the recent aurora that stretched across much of... Read more...
As the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Euclid telescope begins its exploration of the dark Universe, the space agency has released a few of the first images captured as part of Euclid’s Early Release Observations. The images come less than a year after the space telescope was launched, and around six months following... Read more...
Hubble has captured an incredible image of a trio of young stars from what NASA refers to as “hollowed-out cavity of a reflection nebula.” The triple-star system comprises the variable star HP Tau, HP Tau G2, and HP Tau G3. While NASA’s newer and more advanced Webb Space Telescope may send back astounding images of... Read more...
An international team of researchers used NASA’s Webb space telescope to map the weather on a hot gas-giant exoplanet. WASP-43 b, as it's called, is similar in size to Jupiter and made primarily of hydrogen and helium, making it much hotter than any planet in Earth’s solar system. While the exoplanet’s star is... Read more...
NASA’s Webb space telescope continues to show off its ability to capture objects in deep space in sharp detail with new images of Horsehead Nebula. The new images show the top of the “horse’s mane,” or edge of the nebula, capturing the region’s complexity in unprecedented spatial resolution. The iconic Horsehead... Read more...
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) made its first ever startling discovery of a free-floating rogue planet, and NASA says it is hunting for more. While TESS will continue to be on the lookout for more rogue planets, the space agency is hopeful that its upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will... Read more...
Astronomers celebrated Hubble Space Telescope’s 34th anniversary of its launch this week by capturing an incredible image of the Little Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 76. The distant nebula is located 3,400 light-years away in the northern circumpolar constellation Perseus. NASA’s Hubble telescope was... Read more...
April’s full Moon, perhaps best known as the Pink Moon, is about to grace the night sky. As with other full Moons, this month’s is known by many names, such as the Sprouting Grass Moon, and the Pesach or Passover Moon. According to NASA, the Maine Farmer’s Almanac began publishing “Indian” names for full moons in... Read more...
Scientists performing a deep dive into data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia mission have unveiled a monster black hole hiding in the constellation Aquila. The black hole, which is less than 2,000 light-years from Earth, has a mass of nearly 33 times that of the Sun. The discovery marks the first time a... Read more...
A new image captured by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration has astronomers excited about magnetic fields spiraling from the edge of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), as well as it hinting at a hidden jet. The image showed Sgr A* in polarized light for the first time, revealing a magnetic... Read more...
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured a breathtaking image of a multi-star system surrounded by a stellar nursery. The system is thought to be only 2.8 millions old, in contrast to Earth’s Sun, which is believed to be 4.6 billion years old. The multi-star system, FS Tau, comprises FS Tau A, the bright star-like... Read more...
As many are looking forward to next month’s total solar eclipse, NASA says the spectacle is not the only celestial event to keep a watch out for in the coming weeks and months—a once in a lifetime event (for most people) is expected to occur. For the first time in nearly 80 years, a star system located 3,000... Read more...
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured images of Jupiter, which show off the giant planet’s cyclones, wind shear, and violent storms churning in its atmosphere. Hubble monitors Jupiter and the other outer solar system planets each year under the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy Program (OPAL), in order to document the... Read more...
NASA’s Webb telescope recently played peek-a-boo with the star-forming region NGC 604 and, in the process, spotted cavernous bubbles and stretched-out filaments of gas 2.73 million light-years from Earth. The features give scientists and astronomers a more detailed peek into star birth than seen previously in the... Read more...
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reached back into time to reveal what are believed to be some of the earliest stars to shine in the universe. Webb also detected the most distant supermassive black hole seen to date at the center of galaxy GN-z11. Galaxy GN-z11 was first detected by the Hubble Space Telescope. The... Read more...
A team of astronomers has measured the heaviest pair of supermassive black holes ever detected. The measurements stem from archival data collected from NOIRLab’s Gemini North telescope on Manunakea in Hawaii. Supermassive black holes have captured the imagination of astronomers and scientists since their initial... Read more...
Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) in Chile spotted an indelible mark on the surface of a white dwarf star that has an appetite for destruction. Researchers believe the scar left on white dwarf WD 0816-310 is a concentration of metals imprinted on the star’s... Read more...
Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) have detected an extremely bright quasar that is being powered by a supermassive black hole with an insatiable appetite for destruction. The supermassive black is believed to be growing in mass every day by devouring the equivalent of one Sun every 24 hours, making it... Read more...
NASA says that it has found a “super-Earth” that is only 137 light-years away, and the same system may hold a second, Earth-sized planet. The larger of the two exoplanets, named TOI-715 b, is roughly one and a half times wider than Earth. Scientists and astronomers have been in search for another habitable planet... Read more...
Heads up! A potentially hazardous asteroid the size of a large skyscraper is about to have a close encounter with Earth, and everyone can watch live. No, asteroid 2008 OS7 does not pose a risk to anyone, but it will come within about 2.8 million kilometers, or 7.4 times the average lunar distance. Asteroid 2008 OS7... Read more...
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