Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics
Although it sounds hard to believe, everything we see with the naked eye or through microscopes and telescopes accounts for just 4 percent of the known universe. The rest comprises dark energy (69 percent) and dark matter (27 percent). Show More Summary
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On January 14, 2017, Michel Breitfellner, Manuel Castillo, Abel de Burgos and Miguel Perez Ayucar set up telescopes near ESA’s Space Science Center in Madrid, Spain. They captured the International Space Center traverse the face of the moon.
Galaxy clusters have long been recognized as important laboratories for the study of galaxy formation and evolution. The advent of the new generation of millimeter and submillimeter wave survey telescopes, like the South Pole Telescope...Show More Summary
The STO2 telescope with Dutch detectors on board that circled around the South Pole in December 2016 to investigate gas clouds between the stars landed safely on 30 December.
Breakthrough Starshot has quite a list of luminary names involved with the project, and now they can add another to the rolls: the ESO. The post Breakthrough Starshot tricks out massive telescope for planet hunting appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Researchers at Uppsala University plan to manufacture a new type of coronagraph for the VLT, the Very Large Telescope in Chile. The coronagraph is a key component of the telescope which will be used to search for planets in the neighbouring star system Alpha Centauri.
On 20 January 2017, the completed eROSITA X-ray telescope boarded a cargo plane and was transported from Munich, where it had been built at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, to Moscow. Like any other passenger, it...Show More Summary
This stunning image, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), shows part of the sky in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The region is rendered in exquisite detail—deep red and...Show More Summary
“We’re seeking to make the most sensitive instrument in the history of mankind,” said Andrew Szentgyorgyi, associate director of the solar, stellar, and planetary sciences division at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “We’re looking to find Earth 2.0.” On a...
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(ESO) At a ceremony today at ESO's Headquarters four contracts were signed for major components of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) that ESO is building. These were for: the casting of the telescope's giant secondary and tertiaryShow More Summary
A shadowy turtle twice the size of Earth swims across the sun in new images from the ALMA radio telescope in Chile, viewing the sun for the first time and documenting the area right above its visible surface.
Shall we talk about secret organizations then? Mythologies and rituals and coded messages passed through telescope? Or maybe we shouldn’t talk about them—maybe that would be missing the point. “The Reptile Room: Part One” has the Baudelaires...Show More Summary
For years, it seemed as if the future of the Thirty Meter Telescope was writ in the stars. The enormous, next-generation observatory would explore the birth of galaxies and seek signs of life on alien worlds from atop the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea, one of the best places on Earth to study the sky. Read more...
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The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and it presents an interesting puzzle. At first glance, this galaxy...
Our Voyager spacecraft are boldly going where no man has gone before. And now, Hubble is looking ahead to see what's in store for them. The post Hubble telescope to scout the Voyagers’ paths through interstellar space appeared first on ExtremeTech.
The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and it presents an interesting puzzle. At first glance, this galaxy appears to be a normal spiral galaxy, much like the Milky Way, but first appearances can be deceptive!