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Hubble sees beauty in fuzzy Hunting Dogs galaxy - CNET

4 hours agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

A diffuse galaxy tucked away in the Hunting Dogs constellation gets a moment in the spotlight thanks to a lovely Hubble Space Telescope image.

How Small Are We in the Scale of the Universe?

In 1995, scientists pointed the Hubble Telescope at an area of the sky near the Big Dipper. The location was apparently empty, and the whole endeavour was risky – what, if anything, was going to show up? But what came back was nothing...Show More Summary

ASTRONOMY: The Next Step In The Search For Aliens Is A Huge Telescope And A Ton Of Math. Astronom…

ASTRONOMY: The Next Step In The Search For Aliens Is A Huge Telescope And A Ton Of Math. Astronomers hoping to find extraterrestrial life are looking largely for exoplanets (planets outside Earth’s solar system) in the so-called “Goldilocks zone” around each star: a distance range in which a planet is not too hot and not […]

Hunting molecules with the Murchison Widefield Array

Astronomers have used an Australian radio telescope to observe molecular signatures from stars, gas and dust in our galaxy, which could lead to the detection of complex molecules that are precursors to life.

Image: Hubble's galaxy NGC 4242

Tucked away in the small northern constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs) is the galaxy NGC 4242, shown here as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy lies some 30 million light-years from us. At this distance...Show More Summary

Giant Arecibo radio dish joins search for rocky planets around nearby stars

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice plus night sky The giant Arecibo radio telescope has joined the Red Dots project searching for the nearest terrestrial planets beyond our own Solar System. The post...Show More Summary

Networked eVscope would crowd-source amateur astronomy

The SETI Institute, in partnership with French startup Unistellar, wants to up the game for amateur astronomers by marketing a new small telescope that acts as a crowd-sourcing instrument. The Unistellar eVscope is a computerized 4.5-in...Show More Summary

Best Gear for Taking Pictures of the Solar Eclipse

Here's our list of the top solar photography gear, including cameras, sunglasses, telescopes and more.

New ways developed to see the formation of stars in the Milky Way

A research team led by Adler Planetarium astronomer Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase has discovered new evidence of stars forming in our Milky Way Galaxy. By using a telescope equipped to detect infrared light invisible to our eyes, this exciting new science is revealing how stars, including our very own sun, grow up within clusters and groups. Show More Summary

Moon Photobombs Mars In Hubble Images For NASA

This moon photobombed Mars as the Hubble Space Telescope was trying to take some photos of the planet and they made for some cool shots.

Gorgeous Hubble photo of Mars ‘photobombed’ by tiny moon

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope consistently delivers breathtaking views of the planets in our galactic neighborhood, but when it set its sights on Mars recently for a series of snapshots it captured more than just Mars. After taking a...Show More Summary

Hubble sees martian moon orbiting the Red Planet

The sharp eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured the tiny moon Phobos during its orbital trek around Mars. Because the moon is so small, it appears star-like in the Hubble pictures.

Telescope design promises to revolutionize amateur astronomy

The SETI Institute and French startup Unistellar announced a partnership today to commercialize a new telescope that promises to deliver an unparalleled view of the cosmos to amateur astronomers, and provide the opportunity to contribute directly to cutting-edge science.

Science + music = perfect formula at geeky Bluedot festival - CNET

The delightful Bluedot festival, which combines music and science beneath a giant radio telescope, celebrates positivity and possibility.

NASA: No cost crisis for space telescope

5 days agoAcademics : Nature

Your report on NASA's next large space telescope, the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), misleadingly implies that NASA's dark-energy probe faces a cost crisis (Nature546, 195;10.1038/546195a2017). NASA has not yet completed the work of estimating the costs of

China's First "Black Hole" Space Telescope --"Open to the World's Scientists"

China's Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), named Huiyan (‘Insight’), launched atop a Long March 4B launch vehicle on Thursday, 15 June, is expected to start regular observation in November and its data will be open to scientists around the world....        

Gamma-ray telescopes reveal a high-energy trap in our galaxy's center

A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy.

How do you work out if a signal from space is a message from aliens?

Astronomers working at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico havedetected a weird radio signal, spotted when pointing their telescope at the nearby star Ross 128. They're not getting too excited about the prospect of an alien civilisation contacting us just yet though. Show More Summary

Why we need a new type of SETI instrument

Imagine this scenario: On a world orbiting a neighboring star, a society more advanced than our own has used large telescopes to survey all the planets within a few hundred light-years.  In this sample of a million worlds, it finds that one percent show the tell-tale atmospheric gases that indicate life.  One of these is Earth. 

"Very Peculiar Radio Signals" Detected by the Arecibo Observatory From a Dim Red Dwarf Star 11 Light-Years Away

On May 12 astronomers at the Planetary Habitability Laboratory using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Roco, one of the world’s largest radio telescopes detected "strange signals" coming from a Ross 128, a red dwarf star that's not yet known...        

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