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NASA Deep-Dive Update: Kepler Mission's "Big Alien-Planet Discovery" --Live-Streamed Tomorrow, Thursday

The Kepler Space Telescope is now in its fifteenth observing campaign of its K2 extended mission, studying more than 23,000 objects located in the direction of the constellation Scorpius. NASA officials said the discovery to be announced tomorrow was made...        

Stellar nursery blooms into view

The OmegaCAM camera on ESO's VLT Survey Telescope has captured this glittering view of the stellar nursery called Sharpless 29. Many astronomical phenomena can be seen in this giant image, including cosmic dust and gas clouds that reflect, absorb, and re-emit the light of hot young stars within the nebula.

MWA radio telescope expansion complete—Exploration of the universe's first stars begins

When and how were the first stars in the universe born? The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in the desert of Western Australia, one of the largest of its kind, was constructed to clarify this and many other mysteries....Show More Summary

Hubble's celestial snow globe

It's beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a blizzard of stars, which resembles a swirling snowstorm in a snow globe.

MWA radio telescope expansion complete -- Exploration of the universe's first stars begins

(Kumamoto University) When and how were the first stars in the universe born? The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in Australia was built to help clarify this mystery. The MWA is an international radio-astronomy project conducted by seven countries including Japan and Australia. Show More Summary

Scientists to Check if This 'Messenger' Comes From Aliens

It's unlikely that the first object found to have visited our solar system from interstellar space is carrying a message from aliens, but scientists will listen for one anyway. Beginning Wednesday, the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will observe the mysterious cigar-shaped 'Oumuamua across four radio transmission bands, from...

Einstein's telescope, personal computer memorabilia and an exploding rat

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The final round of scientific auctions for 2017 occurred last week and there were the usual puzzling results in a market slightly off the boil. The good thing about auctions is that there are always two viewpoints and that last statement...Show More Summary

Telescopes team up to study giant galaxy

Astronomers have used two Australian radio telescopes and several optical telescopes to study complex mechanisms that are fuelling jets of material blasting away from a black hole 55 million times more massive than the Sun.

Telescopes team up to study giant galaxy

(International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research) Astronomers have used two Australian radio telescopes and several optical telescopes to study complex mechanisms that are fuelling jets of material blasting away from a black hole 55 million times more massive than the Sun.

100,000,000 Stars in 3 Minutes

Your daily palate cleanser: In January 2015, NASA released the largest image ever of the Andromeda galaxy, taken by the Hubble telescope. Totaling 1.5 billion pixels and requiring 4.3 gigabytes of disk space, this photo provides a detailed glimpse at the sheer scale of our nearest galactic neighbor. Show More Summary

Big Announcement Coming from NASA

Did NASA discover alien life? The space agency is about to make a big announcement this week, unveiling the latest success of the Kepler space telescope, the most prolific exoplanet finder in history. To that effect, NASA has called for a press teleconference on Thursday, December 14, at 1 p.m. Show More Summary

Astronomers to check interstellar body for signs of alien technology

Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will listen for radio signals being broadcast from ‘Oumuamua, an object from another solar system, from Wednesday Astronomers are to use one of the world’s largest telescopes to check a mysterious object that is speeding through the solar system for signs of alien technology. Show More Summary

Astronomers Focus Search for Aliens on Interstellar Mystery Object

Earlier this year, our solar system got a visitor the likes of which it has never seen. Astronomers first spotted the object on October 18th using the PanSTARRS 1 telescope in Maui. At first, the visitor appeared to be a the first known comet to originate from outside our solar system, but further observations revealed... Read more »

The 2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

2 days agoHumor / odd :

From Alan Taylor at In Focus, the 10th anniversary installment of the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. One image taken by the Hubble for each day in December leading up to Dec 25th. Here’s Taylor’s caption for the image above: A Caterpillar in the Carina Nebula. Show More Summary

NASA and Google to announce huge Kepler discovery

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

NASA has called a press conference to reveal a breakthrough discovery from its alien-hunting Kepler telescope. The discovery was driven by Google’s machine-learning artificial intelligence software. The announcement will be live-streamed on NASA’s website, according to a press release....

Hubble frames an explosive galaxy

Don't be fooled! The cosmic swirl of stars in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image may seem tranquil and unassuming, but this spiral galaxy, known as ESO 580-49, actually displays some explosive tendencies.

Next-gen exoplanet-hunting spectrograph achieves first light

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The hunt for exoplanets enters a new phase as European Southern observatory's (ESO) Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) achieves first light at the agency's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. Show More Summary

An exoplanet-hunting space telescope turns and takes a photo of Earth

On December 10, Kepler—NASA’s prized exoplanet discovery telescope—will finally turn back and take a picture of the Earth.

Found: A Hidden Drawing in Sir Isaac Newton's Childhood Home

Sir Isaac Newton, an English mathematician, astronomer, theologian, and physicist widely known for his many contributions to human knowledge, including the laws of motion and universal gravitation as well as the reflecting telescope, was also an avid wall scribbler as a child. Show More Summary

Terrific Weekend Deals on Telescopes & Binoculars

5 days agoTechnology : Walyou

Another weekend sale approaching Christmas, another terrific batch of products. This time? Telescopes and binoculars from Celestron. Hurry and take …

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