Latest Space telescopes Stories

energetic pulsar
2014-09-17 08:36:36

Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Our Milky Way galaxy is littered with the still-sizzling remains of exploded stars. When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don't fade into the night, but sometimes glow ferociously with high-energy gamma rays. What powers these energetic stellar remains? NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is helping to untangle the mystery. The observatory's high-energy X-ray eyes were able to peer into a particular site...

Type Ia supernova
2014-09-14 04:24:52

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Less than two months after it first began repeatedly scanning the sky, the ESA’s Gaia space observatory has discovered its first supernova – a powerful stellar explosion that had occurred in a distant galaxy located some 500 million light-years from Earth, the agency announced on Friday. According to the ESA, the supernova was located during a sudden rise in the galaxy’s brightness that occurred between two Gaia observations...

ESA’s Fly-eyed Telescope To Spot Risky Asteroids
2014-09-11 03:56:39

ESA Spotting Earth-threatening asteroids is tough partly because the sky is so big. But insects offer an answer, since they figured out long ago how to look in many directions at once. As part of the global effort to hunt out risky celestial objects such as asteroids and comets, ESA is developing an automated telescope for nightly sky surveys. This telescope is the first in a future network that would completely scan the sky and automatically identify possible new near-Earth...

fishing for galaxies
2014-09-10 07:27:54

Whitney Clavin, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new survey of galaxies by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is taking a plunge into the deep and uncharted waters of our cosmos. In one of the longest surveys the telescope will have ever performed, astronomers have begun a three-month expedition trawling for faint galaxies billions of light-years away. The results are already yielding surprises. "If you think of our survey as fishing for galaxies in the cosmic sea, then we are finding...

2014-09-01 03:00:50

Dave Finley, National Radio Astronomy Observatory Astronomers have used a worldwide network of radio telescopes to resolve a controversy over the distance to a famous star cluster -- a controversy that posed a potential challenge to scientists' basic understanding of how stars form and evolve. The new work shows that the measurement made by a cosmic-mapping research satellite was wrong. The astronomers studied the Pleiades, the famous "Seven Sisters" star cluster in the constellation...

asteroid impact
2014-08-29 04:59:21

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An eruption of dust around a young solar-analog star discovered using the Spitzer Space Telescope could be the type of massive collision between asteroids that ultimately result in the formation of planets, astronomers report in Thursday’s online edition of the journal Science. Scientists began tracking the star in question, identified as NGC 2547-ID8, after it first surged with a large amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and...

2014-08-28 16:20:48

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Scientists had been regularly tracking the star, called NGC 2547-ID8, when it surged with a huge amount of fresh dust between August 2012 and January 2013. "We...

firestorm of star birth
2014-08-28 10:04:02

NASA/Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate. The discovery was made possible through combined observations from NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, the W.M. Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the European Space...

extreme ultraviolet light activity on the sun
2014-08-21 04:17:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As children, we are told never to look directly at the Sun, especially through the lens of a camera, telescope or magnifying glass. Even if a person used the special filters that would allow them to gaze at the Sun, they would not be able to see all of the wavelengths of light emanating from the Sun. To fully understand our star, scientists must use spacecraft that can observe this invisible light before it is absorbed by the...

supermassive black hole
2014-08-13 04:34:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An extreme and rare event in the region of space immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole has been captured by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. The corona of the black hole, a compact source of X-rays that is situated nearby, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just days. "The corona recently collapsed in toward the black hole, with the result that the black hole's intense gravity...

Word of the Day
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
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