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An international team of astronomers announced the two earliest and most distant galaxies yet confirmed were detected by the James Webb Space Telescope. The two galaxies are believed to date back to just 300 million years after the Big Bang. Over the past two years, scientists have utilized NASA’s Webb telescope to... 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...
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is celebrating the completion of the largest camera ever built for astronomy and astrophysics. The mammoth 3,200-megapixel (3.2-gigapixel) prime focus digital camera will soon ship to Chile and be mounted on a telescope inside the Rubin Observatory. The Legacy Survey of Space... Read more...
One of the fundamental measurements of the Universe, called the Hubble constant, has been in doubt for years due to a wide range of independent distance indicators producing a persistent difference, called the Hubble Tension. However, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has seemingly confirmed that Hubble’s prior... Read more...
The discovery of a second universe-defying megastructure in the remote universe is making astronomers rethink some of the basic assumptions about cosmology. The Big Ring is the second of these ultra-large structures to be found by PhD student Alexia Lopez. The Big Ring is located 9.2 billion light-years from Earth... Read more...
NASA celebrates one year of the James Webb Space Telescope performing science operations in deep space by sharing a phenomenal image of a star being born. The image is of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, which is the closest star-forming region to Earth. In one regard, it seems like just yesterday that onlookers... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been sending back some of the most prolific and awe-inspiring images of the universe ever. Some of its latest photographs of deep space include the supermassive black hole CEERS 1019. The black hole is not only the most distant on record, but is also less massive than any... Read more...
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures an image of one of the Milky Way's odd neighbors, ESO 174-1. Images like this are taken by Hubble in between other observations in order to maximize every bit of Hubble's observing time. Irregular galaxies, like ESO 174-1, take on odd and unusual shapes, like a toothpick... Read more...
A new study has identified a chemically distinct star located in the halo of the Milky Way, stating it provides evidence of the deaths of the universe's first stars. The research team says the new find could represent the very first evidence of a pair-instability supernova (PISNe) from the early universe. Numerical... Read more...
Images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have astronomers questioning current cosmological models. The images contain a half dozen galaxies that existed 500 to 700 million years after the Big Bang, with more mass than was thought to have existed in the entire Universe at that time. The group of... Read more...
Scientists have discovered a small number of stars making up an ancient galactic core which they are calling the heart of our galaxy. This cluster of 18,000 stars is believed to be from our galaxy's infancy and is the focus of new research recently published in The Astrophysical Journal. A team of scientists used... Read more...
A team of astrophysicists has upended a long-held belief that long gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) only resulted from the collapse of massive stars. A new study, led by Northwestern University, presents new evidence indicating at least some long GRBs can also result from neutron star mergers, previously thought to only... Read more...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
A duo of young researchers have detected a "one of a kind" system of three stars, with the tertiary star that is thought to be sixteen times the mass of our own Sun. The system of stars is so bright, that when first found it was thought to be a stellar binary. But the luminous star system may hold a dark secret in... Read more...
Less than a week after the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope were released, a group of scientists have revealed that the telescope may have located a galaxy that existed 13.5 billion years ago. The galaxy could date back to just 300 million years after the Big Bang (just a baby, in cosmic terms)... Read more...
The James Webb Space Telescope has not been sitting idly in space since the first images were revealed by NASA. The space telescope has been busy capturing images of deep space, and an intriguing image of a spiral galaxy was shared by an astronomer on Twitter that has left some with thoughts of a Dr. Who... Read more...
While many of us worry about running out of storage space on our smartphones with 128GB of storage or more, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) operates with a mere 68GB SSD. After seeing the first images from the space telescope last week, it is hard to imagine how that is possible. NASA revealed the first... Read more...
A group of volunteers with Galaxy Zoo have been scouring data, using machine learning and an AI assistant, named Zoobot, to locate an unprecedented number of ring galaxies. The cyborg approach has been able to identify 40,000 ring galaxies so far, which is six times more than previously known. The universe is... Read more...
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