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Some Recent Views of Mars from Hubble

Ted Stryk showcases some of his processed versions of recent Hubble Space Telescope views of Mars.

NASA Testing the Space Telescope Mirrors for Hubble's Heir (VIDEO)

“In the quest for extraterrestrial biological signatures, the first stars we study should be white dwarfs,” said Avi Loeb, Director of Harvard University’s Institute for Theory and Computation. If all the conditions are right, we’ll be able to detect...

The Egg Nebula As Photographed By The Hubble Telescope

Briefly: A shimmering, multicolour beacon — like some kind of cosmic lighthouse — this is the Egg Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The bright shafts of light are pumped out as a central star dies, creating the beautiful colours as they pass through the clouds of gas and dust. [ESA] More »      

The Sky This Week - Thursday November 27 to Thursday December 4

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday November 29. Venus returns to the evening sky. Mars is easily visible in the early evening. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky. Comet C/2102 K1 PanSTARRS is still visible in small telescopes in the early evening.The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday November 29. Show More Summary

A shimmering, multi-color beacon--like some kind of cosmic lighthouse--this is the Egg Nebula as pho

A shimmering, multi-color beacon—like some kind of cosmic lighthouse—this is the Egg Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The bright shafts of light are pumped out as a central star dies, creating the beautiful colors as they pass through the clouds of gas and dust. [ ESA ] Read more...

Hubble captures stunning image of Egg Nebula

The Egg Nebula lies roughly 3,000 light years from Earth. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an incredible image of the "preplanetary nebula" as it showcases the discarded material from a dying star. Preplanetary nebulas eventually become planetary nebulas, Phys.org notes, though they don't actually have anything to do with planets. Show More Summary

How science is accelerating our search for alien life

Why are scientists so optimistic? The Kepler space telescope gets much of the credit. Before it was launched into orbit in 2009, astronomers couldn't be sure whether planets existed outside our solar system. The search for extraterrestrial...Show More Summary

VLT telescope reveals mysterious alignment of quasars with the Universe’s large-scale structure

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Astronomers using the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have discovered an unexpected alignment of the spinning axes of supermassive black holes located billions of light-years apart. As if that discovery wasn’t fascinating enough...Show More Summary

Riddle of the missing stars: Hubble observations cast further doubt on how globular clusters formed

Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky Way, and so must have formed in a similar way.

"Large Chunk of Milky Way's 1st Generation Stars are Missing"

Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky...

How a Superchilled Telescope Will Look Back at the Dawn of the Universe

To see back in time, you need a massive telescope—one big enough to capture light from when the first galaxies were formed, 13.5 billion years ago. Astronomers are clamoring to see this light, so NASA is obliging them by building the James Webb Space Telescope. Show More Summary

Spooky alignment of quasars across billions of light-years

New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe. A European research team has found that the rotation axes of the central supermassive black holes in a sample of quasars are parallel to each other over distances of billions of light-years. Show More Summary

Martian Science Team Recruits Imperial Guard To Protect HiRISE Computers

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The science performed by HiRISE, the telescopic camera on the Mars Reconnoissance Orbiter, is so important the research team recruited members of the Imperial Guard to stand sentry over their processing computers. Here's a sample of incredible images produced by this well-protected instrument: Read more...

Webb Space Telescope promises astronomers new scientific adventures

last weekHealth : The Checkup

Inside a very big and very clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., nearly 30 workers dressed in white protective suits, goggles and blue booties cluster around the parts of a time machine. Read full article >>

IceCube Research Station in Antarctica

When your grade-school science teacher described the various methods one can use to construct a telescope, drilling countless holes a mile and a half deep into Antarctic ice probably wasn't one of them. But that's exactly how the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory works. Show More Summary

Public Talk: Building the world’s biggest telescope

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 2 December 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is one of the biggest and most ambitious global scientific projects ever conceived. Once completed, it will enable us to delve further into the Universe than we ever have before. In this talk, CSIRO astronomer Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith will kick off our Frontiers of Science Conference on astronomy by describing what [...]

Primordial galaxy bursts with starry births

ITHACA, N.Y. - Peering deep into time with one of the world's newest, most sophisticated telescopes, astronomers have found a galaxy - AzTEC-3 - that gives birth annually to 500 times the number of suns as the Milky Way galaxy, according to a new Cornell University-led study published Nov. 10 in the Astrophysical Journal. read more

This Ultra-HD Timelapse Shows The Biggest Sunspot In 22 Years

Last month, the biggest sunspot in 22 years traversed across the sun. Labelled AR 2192, it was big enough to see without the need for a telescope. This awesome timelapse animation can show you what you missed. More »      

Hubble telescope captures stunning image of planetary nebula

The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 has captured a striking image of a lumpy nebula in the constellation Camelopardis, a.k.a. "The Giraffe." NGC 1501 formed when a massive star shed its outer layers, sending plasma into space. Show More Summary

Astronomers dissect the aftermath of a supernova

In research published today in the Astrophysical Journal, an Australian led team of astronomers has used radio telescopes in Australia and Chile to see inside the remains of a supernova. The supernova, known as SN1987A, was first seen...Show More Summary

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