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High school students discover stars at SMU research program

DALLAS (SMU) – Two Dallas high school students discovered five stars as members of a Southern Methodist University summer physics research program that enabled them to analyze data gleaned from a high-powered telescope in the New Mexico desert. read more

First LOFAR observations of the “Whirlpool Galaxy”

Using a radio telescope with frequencies just above those of commercial FM radio stations, a European team of astronomers has obtained the most sensitive image of a galaxy below 1 GHz.

This Spacecraft Spine Will Support An Entire Telescope

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Engineers unfolded the James Webb Space Telescope's spine in the world's largest clean room in preparation for decking it with mirrors like a giant, glittering Christmas tree. Read more...

A Box, a Pocket, a Spaceman

The spaceman shows up on a hot summer afternoon, not in the dead of night when you’re crouched in the garden peering through a telescope that shows you the endless glories and wonders of the night sky. There’s no spaceship making a bright arc against a star-spangled sky. Just a man in a spacesuit, standing at the edge of your hammock.

Black Holes: Kings Of The Universe

Black holes have been the celebrity of astronomy since Einstein and friends first thought of their existence in the early 1900s. A century later, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has reported that it captured an “extreme and rare event” in the neighborhood of a super-massive black hole. Michael Parker, who headed the group of

Hubble stirs up galactic soup

A new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a whole host of colorful and differently shaped galaxies; some bright and nearby, some fuzzy, and some so far from us they appear as small specks in the background sky. Together they appear as kind of galactic soup.

The 10 Most Important Days in the History of the Universe (according to an astronomer)

last weekOdd : Neatorama

(Image credit: NASA/ESA) 1. July 4, 1054 -- Day the Sky Got BrighterThis 2005 NASA's Hubble Space Telescope image of Crab Nebula shows the remnant of star's supernova explosion.July 4th was a significant day long before America started celebrating it. Show More Summary

A replica of the backplane of the James Webb Space Telescope is hoisted into place in the assembly s

A replica of the backplane of the James Webb Space Telescope is hoisted into place in the assembly stand in NASA Goddard's giant cleanroom. Over the next few months, the telescope's mirrors will be installed to it—so they don't make any mistakes when they do it on the real-deal. [ NASA ] Read more...

NASA telescope observes light near black holes

NASA's NuSTAR telescope has observed the relation of light and black holes like never before. In a press release Tuesday, NASA revealed that the NuSTAR has been observing black holes and light emissions via X-ray for the last two years. Show More Summary

Rare X-Ray Corona Observed Collapsing into an Extreme Supermassive Black Hole

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to...

The World's First Fully Robotic Telescope Is Hunting for New Earths

Tracking down Earth-like exoplanets with a terrestrial telescope is no easy feat because our planet's atmosphere makes distant solar systems even harder to see. Adaptive optic technology can help make things go a little faster, but it does so at a snail's pace—requiring up to 10 minutes per target. Show More Summary

NASA Is Building the World's First 3D-Printed Satellite Camera

NASA is already using 3D printing to make rocket engine parts, a space pizza maker and even physical photos from the Hubble Space Telescope. But by the end of September, one NASA engineer expects to complete the first space cameras made...Show More Summary

Victorian scientists' drawings of nebulae explored in new book

last weekArts : Artdaily

Before the Hubble telescope, Victorian scientists used pencil and paper to record their observations of the stars. Their beautifully detailed drawings were the precursors of modern astronomy, and may even have inspired one of the most well-known works of Impressionist art, according to a new book. Show More Summary

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Today’s best deals include Random Heroes 2 on Android, Sorceress of Fortune on iOS and Hubble Space Telescope on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick! More »      

NASA Probe Sees Pluto and Its Moon Charon Like Never Before (Video, Photos)

A NASA spacecraft hurtling toward a 2015 rendezvous with Pluto has captured an amazing video of the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon. The New Horizons probe used its onboard telescope to record a video of Charon and Pluto locked in their orbital dance. Show More Summary

Destruction of Stars Near Black Holes Occurs Once Every 30,000 Years

The image above is a composite of data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. The object seen at the center is an "ultraluminous X-ray source" (ULX) in a globular cluster belonging to an elliptical galaxy in...

NASA Is Building the World's First 3D-Printed Space Cameras

NASA is already using 3d printing to make rocket engine parts, a space pizza maker and even physical photos from the Hubble Space Telescope. "As far as I know, we are the first to attempt to build an entire instrument with 3D printing," Jason Budinoff, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said in a statement. Show More Summary

Images of the 10 August 2014 "supermoon"

The so-called "supermoon" of tonight (August 10/11) was very beautiful, but with the unaided eye I couldn't tell it apart from previous Full Moons. However, it was very obvious in the telescope, even at 8:30 pm the Moon was obviously bigger than January's "mini-Moon" (aphelion Full Moon). Show More Summary

First-ever 3D-printed space telescopes nearing completion

Telescopes are very simple devices in theory, but getting one to work in space means a complex assembly of mechanical parts that is expensive, difficult to build, and hard to operate in the hostile environment outside the Earth’s atmosphere. Show More Summary

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