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wise brown dwarf
2014-04-25 12:21:48

NASA NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known -- a dim, star-like body that, surprisingly, is as frosty as Earth's North Pole. Images from the space telescopes also pinpointed the object's distance to 7.2 light-years away, earning it the title for fourth closest system to our sun. The closest system, a trio of stars, is Alpha Centauri, at about 4 light-years away. "It's very...

debris disk
2014-04-25 05:00:45

J.D. Harrington, NASA Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets. If astronomers initially miss something in their review of data, they can make new discoveries by revisiting earlier data with new image processing techniques, thanks to...

2014-04-24 16:21:20

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO If astronomers initially miss something in their review of data, they can make...

Pair Of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered By XMM-Newton
2014-04-22 14:09:30

ESA A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been spotted by XMM-Newton. This is the first time such a pair have been seen in an ordinary galaxy. They were discovered because they ripped apart a star when the space observatory happened to be looking in their direction. Most massive galaxies in the Universe are thought to harbor at least one supermassive black hole at their center. Two supermassive black holes are the smoking gun that the galaxy has merged with...

Hubble Images Cross-Section Of The Universe
2014-04-17 12:40:22

[ Watch the Video: Zooming In On CLASS B1608+656 ] ESA/NASA An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. They range from cosmic near neighbors to objects seen in the early years of the Universe. The 14-hour exposure shows objects around a billion times fainter than can be seen with the naked eye. This new Hubble image showcases a...

Stellar Tape Measure
2014-04-11 05:13:14

NASA Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away -- 10 times farther than previously possible. Astronomers have developed yet another novel way to use the 24-year-old space telescope by employing a technique called spatial scanning, which dramatically improves Hubble's accuracy for making angular measurements. The technique, when applied to the age-old method for gauging distances called astronomical...

2014-04-10 12:21:34

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away -- 10 times farther than previously possible. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Astronomers have developed yet another novel way to use the 24-year-old space telescope by employing a technique called spatial scanning, which dramatically improves Hubble's accuracy for making angular...

Final Instrument Of Webb Telescope's Heart Installed
2014-04-09 09:39:53

[ Watch The Video: NIRSpec Instrument Gets Integrated Into Webb’s ISIM ] Laura Betz, NASA The last piece of the James Webb Space Telescope's heart was installed inside the world's largest clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. What looked like a massive black frame covered with wires and aluminum foil, the heart or Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) now contains all four of Webb's science instruments. Together, these instruments will...

Seventeen Hubble Fellows Selected By NASA And STScI For 2014
2014-04-04 09:48:54

Cheryl Gundy, NASA NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) have announced the selection of 17 new Hubble Fellows. STScI in Baltimore, Md., administers the Hubble Fellowship Program for NASA. The Hubble Fellowship Program includes all research relevant to present and future missions in NASA's Cosmic Origins theme. These missions currently include the Herschel Space Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Stratospheric Observatory for...

Astronomers Given A Better Ruler In The Search For Extrasolar Planets
2014-03-31 08:04:47

NIST Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have rejuvenated a technique for finding planets near distant stars. New measurements of light from special lamps could help astronomers find planets hidden in data from more than a decade's worth of extrasolar planet searches, as well as improve telescopes' current capabilities. Finding extrasolar planets is tricky. Seen through a telescope, planets in the "habitable zone"—a region close to a star, where...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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