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Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display
2014-07-03 10:58:10

NASA/JPL Celebrants this Fourth of July will enjoy the dazzling lights and booming shock waves from the explosions of fireworks. A similarly styled event is taking place in the galaxy Messier 106, as seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Herschel Space Observatory. Herschel is a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions. [ Watch the Video: Zooming In On Messier 106 ] Energetic jets, which blast from Messier 106's central black...

European Space Agency Selects Athena Advanced Telescope For Study Of High-Energy Astrophysics
2014-06-27 09:41:59

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) is in the process of launching a second “Large-class” mission to explore the universe for high-energy astrophysics and selected the Athena advanced telescope for the task. The mission is scheduled for launch in 2028 to study the hot and energetic Universe as part of ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015 to 2025 plan. Athena is a large X-ray telescope combined with state-of-the-art scientific instruments...

New Evidence Explains How The 'Pillars Of Creation' Came Into Being
2014-06-27 06:48:02

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: How The ‘Pillars of Creation’ Were Created ] The 'Pillars of Creation' is one of the most famous images observed by the Hubble Space Telescope. It shows cooler interstellar gases being eroded by intense radiation and wind from nearby massive stars. The image was photographed in 1995. Scott Balfour, an astronomer from Cardiff University produced a similar simulation and suggests that the stars that make the...

Journey Into NASA Clean Room For James Webb Space Telescope Microshutters
2014-06-23 03:06:00

[ Watch The Video: JWST Microshutters Snapshot ] Rob Gutro, NASA NASA's James Webb Space Telescope microshutters have taken a short jaunt in preparation of its million mile journey in four years. The microshutters were moved into a NASA Goddard cleanroom for testing to verify they work correctly before being installed in the Webb's Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) instrument. NIRSpec is a powerful instrument that will record the spectra of light from distant objects. The...

A Call To Back The Advanced Technologies Large Aperture Space Telescope
2014-06-23 03:25:13

Royal Astronomical Society In the nearly 25 years since the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), astronomers and the public alike have enjoyed ground-breaking views of the cosmos and the suite of scientific discoveries that followed. The successor to HST, the James Webb Telescope should launch in 2018 but will have a comparatively short lifetime. Now Prof Martin Barstow of the University of Leicester is looking to the future. In his talk at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM...

Star Measurement Made Easier With A Novel Spectral Ruler
2014-06-23 14:32:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Being hailed as a critical first step in a massive attempt to map the Milky Way, a team of European astronomers has devised a novel way to categorize stars based on their metallic composition, according to a new paper published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. The study team developed their ‘spectral ruler’ by selecting 34 'benchmark' stars to characterize the distinct kinds of stellar groups in our galaxy, such as hot...

asteroid 2011 MD spitzer
2014-06-19 13:09:44

Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a proposed spacecraft concept to capture either a small asteroid, or a boulder from an asteroid. The near-Earth asteroid, called 2011 MD, was found to be roughly 20 feet (6 meters) in size, and its structure appears to contain a lot of empty space, perhaps resembling a pile of rubble. Spitzer's infrared vision...

NASA's New Horizons To Use Hubble In Search Of Deep Space Object
2014-06-16 14:18:13

Alan McStravick for redorbit.com - Your Universe online Update (June 17, 2014): A previous version of this article stated that Charon was discovered by the Hubble Telescope. In fact, Charon was first discovered in 1978 by James Christy of the United States Naval Observatory. The Hubble Space Telescope has been in near-Earth orbit for 24 years. While its early days were marred by launch delays and the embarrassment of a major flaw in its crucial mirror, since correction the telescope has...

2014-06-16 12:21:06

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The planned search will involve targeting a small area of sky in search of a Kuiper Belt object (KBO) for the outbound spacecraft to...

Heart Of James Webb Space Telescope Lowered Into Chamber
2014-06-16 03:43:11

Laura Betz, NASA Engineer Jack Marshall held his breath. The "heart" of the James Webb Space Telescope hung from a cable 30 feet in the air as it was lowered slowly into the massive thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. This "heart" of Webb is called the ISIM or Integrated Science Instrument Module, which along with its thermal vacuum test frame and supporting hardware, weighs about as much as an elephant. Within this test frame, ISIM sits...

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