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NASA throws Hubble a five-year lifeline

5 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Since launching in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has shed much light on our understanding of the universe, from guiding space probes through the outer reaches of our solar system to previewing how our sun will die. And it looks set...Show More Summary

Infrared Jupiter looks hot as Juno spacecraft approaches - CNET

12 hours agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

NASA's mission to explore the Jovian system has almost reached its destination, and telescopes on Earth are capturing some especially fiery images of the planet to help.

Hubble Space Telescope Gets Life Extension of Another Five Years - Five more years! Five more years!

14 hours agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Unlike "four more years," which typically winds up annoying about half the country—give or take—five more years is pretty universally exciting, because it means half a decade more of science using a piece of equipment that was only meant to last until 2005: the Hubble Space Telescope.

Fastest-spinning brown-dwarf star is detected by its bursts of radio waves

Astronomers have detected what may be the most rapidly rotating, ultra-cool, brown-dwarf star ever seen. The super-fast rotation period was measured by using the 305-meter Arecibo radio telescope -- the same telescope that was used to discover the first planets ever found outside our solar system. Show More Summary

First Paragraph

Me, a wizard? Until a week ago, I was an astronomer contentedly designing telescope optics. Looking back on it, I'd lived in an academic dreamland. All these years, never planning for the future, right up to the day my grant money ran out. - From The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll

Overacheiving Hubble mission gets five more years - CNET

Originally expected to serve until around 2005, the Hubble Space Telescope will be operational until at least June 30, 2021.

NASA Looks at Launching James Webb Space Telescope by 2018, Extends Hubble Space Telescope Contract

The development for the second telescope for the outer space is underway and is aiming to be launched in 2018. NASA has extended the Hubble Space Telescope contract for another five years.

Coming soon: The world’s largest neutrino telescope

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The hunt for neutrinos — once called “the most tiny quantity of reality ever imagined by a human being” — is one of the most exciting areas of research in particle physics. Scientists believe that these tiny, exotic subatomic particles — billions of which are passing unimpeded through your body...

The Stars at Night Are Big and Bright… Deep in the Heart of the Milky Way.

Sometimes you just need to look at pretty stars. That image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope back in 2009 (but just released recently), using the Advanced Camera for Surveys. It shows a region of the sky very near the center of...Show More Summary

Hubble investigates dark spot on Neptune

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

If Neptune seems a bit blemished of late, it's because NASA has confirmed that a dark spot has shown up in its bluish atmosphere. Observations by the Hubble Space Telescope taken in May show that a dark vortex has appeared in the southern hemisphere. Show More Summary

Hubble Will Continue to Fly Until 2021

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Fact: The Hubble Telescope is a better photographer than you or I will ever be. Now, it’s going to keep right on showing us all up...at least for the next five years. Read more...

NASA approves five more years for Hubble Space Telescope

Extra funds for the world’s most famous observatory mean it will be able to work in tandem with its upcoming successor, the James Webb Space Telescope

WISE Views in Infrared

Amateur image processor Judy Schmidt explains the process of creating gorgeous views of the cosmos from infrared data from the WISE telescope.

"10,000 leagues Under the Sea" --World's Largest Neutrino Telescope to Study Evolution of the Universe

The deep-sea array will soak up signals from neutrinos traveling through the cosmos to study the evolution of the universe and to discover more about the fundamental properties of these prized sub-atomic particles KM3NeT - a European collaboration pioneering the...

China Nears Completion of World's Largest Radio Telescope --"Goal is First Nation to Detect Alien Life" (A 'Galaxy' Insight)

"Having a more sensitive telescope, we can receive weaker and more distant radio messages," Wu Xiangping, director-general of the Chinese Astronomical Society, said of the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) nestled in a bowl-shaped valley between hills in the...

Operating Systems 201: Telescoping Bolts

Previously in TFB’s series on weapon operating mechanisms, we examined both the closed-bolt blowback system and the open-bolt API blowback system, two very close relatives that share a common feature: Closure of the breech through the inertia of the breechblock mass alone. Show More Summary

Science-inspired lamps: Large Hadron Collider and James Webb Space Telescope

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Designer Art Donovan writes, "I'm always looking for new and unique inspiration for my lighting commissions and the latest, cutting edge scientific devices offer a boatload of great design inspiration. From the cool, new 'James Webb Space Telescope' to the myriad of complex details in the L.H.P.C. at Cern- it's a cornucopia of rich imagery." (more…)

Hubble confirms new dark spot on Neptune

New images obtained on May 16, 2016, by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune. Though similar features were seen during the Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune in 1989 and by the Hubble...Show More Summary

Hubble confirms new dark spot on Neptune

New images confirm the presence of a dark vortex on Neptune. Though similar features were seen during the Voyager 2 flyby of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 1989 and by Hubble in 1994, this vortex is the first one observed on Neptune in the 21st century.

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