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SPHERE first light
2014-06-04 08:00:35

ESO Revolutionary new VLT instrument installed SPHERE — the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument — has been installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile and has achieved first light. This powerful new facility for finding and studying exoplanets uses multiple advanced techniques in combination. It offers dramatically better performance than existing instruments and has produced impressive views of dust discs around...

Breaking: Comet ISON Apparently Destroyed During Journey Around Sun
2013-11-28 17:21:13

[ Watch the Video: Comet ISON Does Not Survive Sun ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Comet ISON, hailed as the “comet of the century” by space enthusiasts and armchair astronomers, was apparently done in during its final approach to the sun, according to media reports published Thursday. ISON, which spent over a million years traveling from the farthest reaches of the solar system, made its closest approach to the sun at approximately 1:40pm EST today,...

New Images Of Comet ISON
2013-11-27 15:08:31

[ Watch the Video: SOHO Sees Comet ISON Appear ] NASA As Comet ISON heads toward its closest approach to the sun — known as perihelion — on Nov. 28, 2013, scientists have been watching through many observatories to see if the comet has already broken up under the intense heat and gravitational forces of the sun. The comet is too far away to discern how many pieces it is in, so instead researchers carefully measure how bright it is, which can be used to infer its current state....

NASA's Solar Observing Fleet Will Be Watching Comet ISON's Journey Around The Sun
2013-11-23 08:07:02

NASA It began in the Oort cloud, almost a light year away. It has traveled for over a million years. It has almost reached the star that has pulled it steadily forward for so long. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013, Comet ISON will finally sling shot around the sun. Here its inward journey through the solar system will end -- either because it will break up due to intense heat and gravity of the sun, or because, still intact, it speeds back away, never to return. Catalogued as C/2012...

Lockheed Martin Ships Near Infrared Camera For James Webb Space Telescope
2013-07-26 08:39:36

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], under a contract from the University of Arizona, has completed assembly and testing of the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and has shipped the instrument to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. NIRCam is the prime near-infrared imaging instrument for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA's next-generation space observatory and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The most powerful...

Hunting For Alien World's From The Ground
2013-05-10 04:30:35

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the search for life beyond Earth scientists face significant challenges. Given the great distances and faint signatures of the alien worlds that we have found, discovering which ones are even potentially habitable is difficult. While the first step is attempting to determine which worlds could maintain liquid water on their surfaces, an equally important factor is characterizing the atmosphere maintained above the...

Approaching 17 Years Of Observations For ESA/NASA’s SOHO Spacecraft
2012-12-05 15:33:27

NASA When the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) launched on Dec. 2, 1995, it provided some of the first high-resolution observations of the sun unobscured by Earth's own atmosphere. A joint ESA/NASA mission, SOHO has helped revolutionize our understanding of the sun's interior and complex atmosphere -- home to a variety of giant explosions, including eruptions of solar material known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Indeed, before SOHO there was disagreement over what a CME headed...

Zombie Planet Back From The Dead
2012-10-26 11:09:18

[ Watch the Video: Studying Hubble Data Revives a Zombie Exoplanet ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study suggests that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive "zombie" exoplanet that was previously thought to not exist, but is back from the dead. A second look at data from the Hubble Space Telescope is reviving the claim that Fomalhaut b is alive, but completely surrounded by dust. Fomalhaut is the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus,...

Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship Received By Subaru Telescope Astronomer Olivier Guyon
2012-10-04 09:51:12

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has chosen Subaru Telescope astronomer Dr. Olivier Guyon to receive a prestigious 2012 MacArthur Fellowship. He joins a diverse, elite group of 23 individuals nationwide selected for this annual honor. Awarded to "talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown exceptional originality and dedication in their creative pursuits," the fellowships grant $500,000 to each recipient over a five-year period with no conditions placed on the...


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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Terrestrial Planet Finder -- The Terrestrial Planet Finder is a proposed NASA telescope system capable of detecting extrasolar terrestrial planets. In May 2002, NASA chose two TPF mission architecture concepts for further study and technology development. Each would use a different means to achieve the same goal - to block the light from a parent star in order to see its much smaller, dimmer planets. That technology challenge has been likened to finding a firefly near the beam of...

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