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Six-Tailed Asteroid Caught By NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
2013-11-07 15:50:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope have witnessed an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust. NASA said the asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler with the dust radiating from it like water being whipped around a yard. P/2013 P5, located in our Solar System’s asteroid belt, is puzzling astronomers with its unusual appearance. "We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it," said lead...

2013-11-07 12:21:59

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers viewing our solar system's asteroid belt with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on a wheel. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Unlike all other known asteroids, which appear simply as tiny points of light, this asteroid, designated P/2013 P5, resembles a rotating lawn sprinkler. Astronomers are...

Galaxy’s Rings Help Astronomers Unveil Its Past
2013-10-31 16:40:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Similar to reading tree rings, astronomers are able to read the rings in a galaxy’s disk to help gain a better understanding of its past. Scientists using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) have gained evidence supporting the “inside-out” theory of galaxy growth, which says that formation starts with the bursts of star formation. "Initially, a rapid star-forming period...

Hubble, Spitzer And Chandra Team Up For Frontier Fields Mission
2013-10-25 04:05:45

[ Watch the Video: Getting A Deeper Look At The Universe ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In an ambitious new project, NASA officials are looking to combine three of the agency’s most powerful space telescopes in what is being called the deepest probe of the universe ever attempted. The mission, which has been dubbed “The Frontier Fields,” will feature the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes and is scheduled to last over the next three years....

2013-10-24 16:20:19

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before. With a boost from natural "zoom lenses" found in space, they should be able to uncover galaxies that are as much as 100 times fainter than what these three great observatories typically can see. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In an ambitious collaborative program called The Frontier...

Gaia Mission Postponed Glitch
2013-10-24 10:33:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) has delayed the launch of its Gaia mission due to a glitch found in another satellite already in orbit. The technical issue is pushing back the Gaia launch date from November 20 to anywhere between December 17 to January 5, 2014. Gaia shares some of the same components involved in the technical glitch found in the working satellite in space. ESA said that prompt notification of this problem allowed...

ESA's Gaia Star-Mapping Mission Set For November Launch
2013-10-21 13:09:41

[ Watch the Video: Mapping The Milky Way With Gaia ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia mission will be launching from Europe's spaceport in Kourou on November 20 with the goal of mapping out the stars in the universe like never before. The billion-star surveyor's main goal is to create a highly accurate 3D map of the Milky Way Galaxy by observing a billion stars to determine their positions in space and their movement through...

The Hunt For Extraterrestrial Life On Cloudy Extra-Solar Planets
2013-09-26 11:05:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international research team has created a map of the clouds that ensconce Kepler 7b, a distant planet outside our solar system, according to reports published by The Astrophysical Journal and Astrophysical Journal Letters. The studies’ researchers said their findings are a step forward in determining which planets outside our Solar System, also known as exoplanets, can host extraterrestrial life. Kepler 7b orbits a Sun-like...

Spitzer Hunting For Exoplanets
2013-09-25 10:38:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After 10 years of orbiting the sun, the Spitzer Space Telescope is now playing a completely different role than it was a decade ago – hunting for exoplanets outside the solar system. "When Spitzer launched back in 2003, the idea that we would use it to study exoplanets was so crazy that no one considered it," said Sean Carey of NASA's Spitzer Science Center  in a statement. "But now the exoplanet science work has become a...

2013-09-19 12:20:17

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is dominated visually by the tennis-court sized sunshield, which separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold anti-sun side. Each of the five sunshield layers helps to protect the telescope optics -- or mirrors -- from the sun's heat. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and teammate NeXolve Corporation, a subsidiary of ManTech International Corporation (NASDAQ: MANT) based...