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Kepler-62f — An earth-like planet in a solar system not so far away

6 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

In 2013, scientists using NASA’s Kepler space telescope discovered a system of five planets locked in an orbit around a star smaller and cooler than our Sun nearly 1,200 light-years from Earth. A team of astronomers has now posited, based on several computer simulations encompassing many possible...

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Could Study Planet 9

17 hours agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) --- arguably one of the most anticipated and talked about pieces of space hardware ever conceived --- will certainly make observations of the ends of the universe that will likely shake cosmology to its core. Show More Summary

5 Tools to Watch the Night Sky and Track Events in Astronomy

Remember how you felt when you first looked at the night sky through a telescope? All those stars, those distant planets — celestial bodies that form poetry in the blackness of deep space. A little help from technology can let you rediscover that child-like joy. Show More Summary

Europe is building the world's largest telescope in 'astronomer's paradise' halfway around the world

The European Southern Observatory is building an enormous new telescope high in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Even though the location is on the other side of the planet from Europe, the location offers some of the best views of space on Earth. Show More Summary

Europe’s staggeringly large telescope project takes a step forward

The European Extremely Large Telescope will need an 80-meter-tall dome to house it.

Science payload installed aboard future James Webb Space Telescope

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA engineers at the Goddard Space Flight Center have successfully installed the delicate camera and spectrometer instruments onto the back of the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) mirror assembly. The instrumentation was contained...Show More Summary

NASA: James Webb Science Gear Installed --"Will Detect Solar Systems Capable of Supporting Life"

Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), "represents the hopes and ambitions of the 10,000 astronomers who have already used the Hubble," said John Mather, Nobel laureate, astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and the senior project scientist...

Science instruments of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope successfully installed

With surgical precision, two dozen engineers and technicians successfully installed the package of science instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope into the telescope structure. The package is the collection of cameras and spectrographs...Show More Summary

NASA telescopes spot clues for how Giant Black Holes formed so quickly

6 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

NASA today announced that astronomers studying data from NASA’s Great Observatories have found the best evidence yet for “cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes.” (more…)

Hubble finds clues to the birth of supermassive black holes

Astrophysicists have taken a major step forward in understanding how supermassive black holes formed. Using data from Hubble and two other space telescopes, Italian researchers have found the best evidence yet for the seeds that ultimately grow into these cosmic giants. read more

Science: Nurturing Success From Failure

When a telescope collapsed in 1988, it led to the creation of one of the most powerful radio telescopes ever built.

This iPhone-only professional photographer is the future of sports photography

Picture a professional sports photographer. What do you see? Someone in a beige vest hidden behind a giant, telescopic camera stationed in the back of an end zone? How about someone standing in a throng of spectators with only an iPhone 6s Plus in their hands and a battery pack in their pocket? No? Well meet Brad Mangin. Show More Summary

Mars Appears At Its Brightest Tonight As Planet Moves Into Opposition

Get your telescopes ready -- tonight's sky is expected to be a bright one. Mars will be the brightest it’s been in two years as it undergoes what’s called Mars opposition, an orbital placement that puts the Earth directly between the...Show More Summary

NASA/Hubble: "Far-Future Civilizations Will be Clueless How the Universe Began and Evolved" (The Weekend Feature)

A big advantage to our civilization arising early in the evolution of the universe is our being able to use powerful telescopes like Hubble to trace our lineage from the big bang through the early evolution of galaxies. The observational...

My Guide to the Opposition of Mars, May 22, 2016

Evening sky on Sunday May 22 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 22:00 ACST. Mars, Saturn and Antares form a triangle. The inset shows telescopic views of Mars and Saturn. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen).My guide to the opposition of Mars is here.http://www.users.on.net/~reynella/skywatch/mars2016.htm

Hubble takes stunning Mars close-up pic

A new image taken by the Hubble space telescope shows Mars in incredible detail as astronomers prepare for a close-up with the red planet. Operated by NASA and the European Space Agency, Hubble took the Mars image on May 12. “DuringShow More Summary

Mars Is Ready For Its Close-Up: Red Planet Easy To Spot This Weekend

last weekNews : The Two-Way

During the "Mars opposition," which happens this Sunday, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been for more than a decade. You can see it easily any night this weekend — no telescope necessary.

Hubble takes Mars portrait near close approach

Bright, frosty polar caps, and clouds above a vivid, rust-colored landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic seasonal planet in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view taken on May 12, 2016, when Mars was 50 million miles from Earth. The Hubble image reveals details as small as 20 to 30 miles across. read more

Hubble snaps a fetching new portrait of Mars - CNET

Mars is quite the looker in a new image taken by Hubble, the space telescope that normally focuses on far-off nebulae and stars.

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