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Tiny Telescopes Ready To Study Sun's Future And The Origins Of Atoms
2013-05-29 05:17:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The smallest space telescope to ever hit the cosmos will soon start observing the largest stars in history. The BRIght Target Explorer (BRITE) telescopes will target the sky for the most luminous stars in our galaxy. Eventually, the two currently in orbit will be part of a "constellation" of telescopes in orbit that will monitor the sky regularly for years to come. Each BRITE satellite holds a small optical telescope feeding a CCD...

Ring Of Fire In Messier 94 Galaxy
2013-05-19 08:20:24

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Johnny Cash may have preferred this galaxy's burning ring of fire to the one he sang about falling into in his popular song. The "starburst ring" seen at center in red and yellow hues is not the product of love, as in the song, but is instead a frenetic region of star formation. The galaxy, a spiral beauty called Messier 94, is located about 17 million light-years away. In this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, infrared light is represented in...

Jets Powered By A Black Hole Plow Into Galaxy
2013-05-16 07:56:30

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomy is more than merely using optical telescopes to take pretty pictures of distant nebulae and galaxies. Researchers also seek to understand complex systems in the universe by observing how objects interact and what types of radiation are produced. To do this requires telescopes capable of observing over several energy bands, working together to construct a complete physical picture of the object of interest....

First Part Of Webb Telescope's ‘Eye Surgery’ Operation Completed By NASA
2013-05-16 07:42:40

NASA Much like the inside of an operating room, in the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., engineers worked meticulously to implant part of the eyes of the James Webb Space Telescope. They scrubbed up and suited up to perform one of the most delicate performances of their lives. That part of the eyes, the MIRI, or Mid-Infrared Instrument, will glimpse the formation of galaxies and see deeper into the universe than ever before. It's high-stakes surgery...

Earth-Like Planets Discovered In Atmospheres Of Dead Stars
2013-05-09 14:38:45

[ Watch the Video: Ring of Rocky Debris Around a White Dwarf Star ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Hubble Space Telescope has helped astronomers spot signs of Earth-like planets in an unlikely place. Astronomers say they found the planets sitting in the atmospheres of a pair of burnt-out stars in a nearby star cluster. The white dwarf stars are being polluted by debris from asteroid-like objects falling onto them, and the researchers say this discovery...

Webb Telescope's MIRI Thermal Shield Tested By NASA
2013-05-08 14:27:47

NASA NASA engineer Acey Herrera recently checked out copper test wires inside the thermal shield of the Mid-Infrared Instrument, known as MIRI, that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The shield is designed to protect the vital MIRI instrument from excess heat. At the time of the photo, the thermal shield was about to go through rigorous environmental testing to ensure it can perform properly in the extreme cold temperatures that it will encounter in space. Herrera is...

Hot Jupiters More Nuanced Than Expected
2013-05-07 10:16:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In addition to the eight beloved planets circling our Sun, our galaxy is literally teeming with an enormous variety of planets. More than 800 of the so-called exoplanets have been identified circling stars beyond our solar system. And several different “species” of exoplanets have been discovered as well, including so-called ℠roasters´ or ℠hot Jupiters,´ which are gas giants like our own Jupiter that...

Shockingly Bright Gamma-Ray Burst Observed By Fermi, Swift
2013-05-06 04:44:26

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online On Saturday, April 27, the Fermi Gamma-ray Telescope detected a sudden, powerful flux of high-energy gamma-rays, indicating a historic burst event in a distant galaxy. The instrument then notified other telescopes located in space and on the ground that a Gamma-ray Burst (GRB) had been detected. Fermi´s main instrument the Large Area Telescope (LAT) detected gamma-rays as high as 94 giga-electron volts (GeV),...


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