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Astronomers find 'new' dwarf galaxy in Milky Way's neighborhood

2 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Hey, neighbor! Astronomers searching the sky with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered an odd little dwarf galaxy in our very own backyard -- a mere 7 million light years away.

Solar observatory in Big Bear grapples with prospect of being eclipsed

7 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Motors whirred as a gleaming white dome slowly opened, allowing one of the premier solar telescopes in the world to track the magnetic fields and exploding flares of the sun. In a few hours, computers would translate that data into detailed video and pictures of the sun’s turbulent...

Dazzling! NuSTAR captures sun's portrait in solar X-rays

It’s time to see the sun in a whole new light – X-ray light. NASA’s NuSTAR space telescope has taken a stunning portrait of our home star in high-energy X-rays.

In the Aftermath of an Exploding Star

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This image of the star Eta Carinae, taken almost two decades ago by the Hubble Telescope, reveals something extraordinary. Though it blew up, releasing as much visible light as a supernova, the star somehow survived. Now it shines at the heart of a debris cloud. Read more...

Amazing X-ray picture of the sun

2 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA's NuSTAR telescope was designed to search for black holes; now it's helping to unlock the sun's mysteries

The Big Picture: NuSTAR telescope shows the sun blasting out X-rays

Pop quiz, hotshot: what do you get when you heat gas above 3 million degrees Celcius? High-energy X-rays, of course -- just the kind that NuSTAR was launched to detect. The space telescope took a break from hunting black holes to snap its first-ever...

South Carolina Comedienne Still Recovering from Horrific Subway Accident

Let’s first telescope back to the days right before the February 13, 2014 accident that changed everything. At that time, South Carolina native Liza Dye (pictured) was just like so many others in New York City, doggedly pursuing herShow More Summary

New solar spacecraft takes first photo—and it is absolutely stunning

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

NuSTAR—NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, the most sensitive high energy X-ray telescope ever invented—has taken its first picture of the Sun ever and it looks absolutely amazing. Like the prettiest Christmas tree ornament. Read more...

Sun sizzles in high-energy X-rays

For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has taken its first picture of the sun, producing the most sensitive solar portrait ever taken in high-energy X-rays.

This Massive Chamber Is A Space Simulator For Spacecraft

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The James Webb Space Telescope is about to be tucked into a massive space simulator as part of its testing to ensure it can survive the harsh orbital environment. The telescope is the next-generation planet-hunter, intended to check exoplanetary atmospheres for signs of life. Read more...

This is How NASA Fixed a Telescope Currently In Orbit

A vital space telescope recovers after an ingenious long-distance fix

NuSTAR's amazing first image of the sun

4 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

Via NASA/JPL, this amazing image is one of the first shot by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. A larger version is available here. Read the rest

Winter Sky Wonders For Your Christmas Telescope

The universe is waiting Greetings everyone! It has been a long time since I've posted the astronomy thread, but I wasn't going to let Christmas come and go without a quick guide for you amateurs just getting your first...

“There have been 10,000 Generations Before Us --Ours Could be the First to Discover Extraterrestrial Life” --NASA (2014 Most Viewed)

In 1960, the astronomer Francis Drake pointed a radio telescope located in Green Bank, West Virginia, toward two Sun-like stars 11 light years away. His hope: to pick up a signal that would prove intelligent life might be out there....

What a comeback: Revived Kepler spacecraft finds its first new planet

It doesn’t pay to bet against Kepler. Even though the NASA spacecraft was hobbled a year and a half ago, the battered telescope has still managed to find a super-Earth. At 20,000 miles across, the newly discovered planet is 2.5 times as wide as Earth and holds about 12 times the mass.

Kepler keeps going, finds new ‘super-Earth’

Artist’s rendering of NASA’s Kepler space telescope in the second phase of its life. Image courtesy of NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle NASA’s Kepler space telescope, once thought “beyond repair,” has found a planet two and a half timesShow More Summary

A ghostly view of Horsehead nebula in new image from Spitzer Space Telescope

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

A gorgeous infrared image sheds new light on a famous nebula. Read the rest

Kepler Just Discovered a New Super-Earth, Against All Odds 

In May 2013, NASA's exoplanet-seeking spacecraft, Kepler, seemed doomed. Two of four wheels that stabilized its telescope had malfunctioned—and NASA appealed to scientists from around the world for ideas to salvage its mission. Yesterday, it announced the discovery of a brand-new super-Earth 180 light years from our own. Read more...

Kepler finds new exoplanet as it starts new mission

NASA's Kepler space telescope shows that it still has life in it as its extended mission begins to bear fruit. This week, the space agency announced that the spacecraft detected a new exoplanet, demonstrating that its K2 life extension mission is working. Show More Summary

Two Different Satellites Take Two Different Pictures of the Same Galaxy

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

What a difference a wavelength makes: On the left is the M82 Galaxy as seen in the visible light spectrum, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope — and the image we most associate with that galaxy. On the right is an x-ray image of the same galaxy, taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Read more...

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