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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),...

Space Observatory's Mission Ends
2013-04-29 15:06:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel observatory has officially run out of liquid coolant, ending its mission. The space observatory launched nearly four years ago with a goal to help reveal some of the cooler sides of the universe, including planet, star and galaxy formation. "Herschel gave us the opportunity to peer into the dark and cold regions of the universe that are invisible to other telescopes," said John Grunsfel,...

SETI Scientist Will Lead NASA Next-Gen Successor To Kepler Mission
2013-04-21 05:19:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A SETI Institute scientist has been chosen to lead the design, development and operations of the data processing center for NASA´s next-generation successor to the Kepler Mission, the Mountain View, California-based organization announced on Friday. Jon M. Jenkins, a senior researcher at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute, will oversee operations of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission´s Data...


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