Space Telescope

An amateur astronomer testing a new camera happens to catch a supernova as it's being born

Peering at a distant galaxy, an amateur astronomer in Argentina managed to capture a star in the act of going supernova. The chances of this discovery, scientists say, are 1-in-a-million at best.<p>This lucky find, described in the journal Nature, offers the first images of the sudden brightening …

Universe

NASA' Spitzer First to Crack Open Light of Faraway Worlds

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured for the first time enough light from planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, to identify …

History of Science

Canceling NASA's High Priority Missions: Bad Policy, Bad Precedent, Bad for Science

The president’s recently released Fiscal Year 2019 budget gives NASA an overall increase in funding—certainly something to celebrate in the current …

Science

A Star Is Shorn: The Fine Art of Spotting Supernovae Is Ideal for Amateurs

With a simple telescope and camera, a backyard skywatcher has helped professional astronomers witness the never-before-seen beginnings of a star’s …

Universe

Cancelling WFIRST Will Permanently Ruin NASA

Last week, the White House released their plans for the 2018 fiscal year budget. Across many metrics and departments, it was a bloodbath, gutting about $50 billion from agencies focused on science, health, food, arts, humanities, the environment, and education, among many others. But among the …

Space Exploration

James Webb Space Telescope to reveal secrets of the Red Planet

Mars has been visited by more missions than any other planet in our solar system. It is currently orbited by six active spacecraft, while two rovers …

James Webb Space Telescope

A superluminous supernova seen more than 10 BILLION light years away!

Astronomers have found one of the most distant exploding stars ever seen — the light from the colossal event took a staggering <i>10 billion years</i> to …

Astrophysics

Hazardous fragments of 'space junk' are orbiting Earth, and the ESA has a cleanup plan

15 Hours Ago<p>Decades worth of man-made junk is cluttering Earth's orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather …

Portland, OR

2018 February 21 - Jupiter in Infrared from Hubble

<b>Jupiter in Infrared from Hubble</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> NASA, ESA, Hubble; <i>Data:</i> Michael Wong (UC Berkeley) et al.; <i>Processing & License:</i> Judy Schmidt<p><b>Explanation:</b> …

Astronomy

NASA Budget Proposal Would Cancel WFIRST - Sky & Telescope

<b>The recent budget proposal for NASA dealt a blow to the astronomical community, putting several key missions — including WFIRST, a successor to</b> …

Space Science

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to reveal secrets of the Red Planet

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will study Mars to learn more about the planet’s transition from wet to dry, and what that means about its past and …

James Webb Space Telescope

A giant storm on Neptune is disappearing and for the first time scientists are able to see it

A dark storm on Neptune, once big enough to reach from Boston to Portugal, is dwindling to nothing as the Hubble Space Telescope keeps watch.<p>When NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Neptune in 1989, it observed large, dark storms inhabiting the distant planet's atmosphere. Since then, scientists …

Astronomy

Huge black holes spotted expanding ‘faster than their own galaxies’

Huge black holes, billions of times heavier than our sun, are expanding faster than their host galaxies can grow stars, NASA has revealed.<p>So are they …

Astrophysics

Earth Analogues Likely Number In 'The Tens Of Billions'

<i>Caleb Scharf is the director of astrobiology at Columbia University in New York City. Since receiving his PhD in astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1994, he has become an internationally-known scientist, lecturer, and writer—the author of more than 100 scientific papers and the winner of</i> …

Universe

Earth holds the key to detecting life beyond our solar system

New research in to how Earth's atmosphere evolved over time could hold the key to detecting life on exoplanets, according to scientists from the …

Astronomy

Danish researcher finds 95 new planets

The discovery was made by a Danish Ph.D. student with the help of the once damaged Kepler telescope, reports ScienceNordic.<p>Andrew Mayo from the …

Universe

Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

A star-crossed mission nearly 20 years in the making that was intended to seek an answer to the most burning, baffling question in astronomy — and perhaps elucidate the fate of the universe — is in danger of being canceled.<p>The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope, or Wfirst, was being designed to …

Science

NASA's Next Planet Hunter Arrives in Florida Ahead of April Launch

NASA's next exoplanet-hunting space telescope has arrived in Florida, two months ahead of its planned launch.<p>The Transiting Exoplanet Survey …

Space Exploration

We’ll Find A Planet Like Earth in the Next Decade, Say Astronomers

The hunt for exoplanets has mostly been an exercise in counting pale, barely distinguishable dots spinning anonymously in space — until now. New and …

Astronomy

NASA preps new exoplanet-hunter for April lift-off

Originally planned to lift off last year, the TESS mission will place wide-field cameras into high-Earth orbit to search for small, rocky and icy …

Universe

Exoplanet-hunting satellite arrives in Florida for April launch -- Astronomy Now

Exoplanet-hunting satellite arrives in Florida for April launch – Astronomy Now<p>Scientists hope to find thousands of exoplanets with TESS, including …

Liberal View

Today In History, Feb. 18: Dale Earnhardt Sr.

2001: Dale Earnhardt Sr.<p>1546: Martin Luther<p>1930: Pluto<p>1943: Madame Chiang Kai-shek<p>1968: Winter Olympic Games<p>1970: "Chicago Seven"<p>1977: Space Shuttle …

Montana

Hubble Captures the Death of a Giant Fart Storm on Neptune

The smelliest storm.<p>Filed Under NASA, Planets & Weather<p>For centuries, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot — a colossal, swirling storm in the planet’s …

Astronomy

A colossal Neptunian storm just vanished before our eyes

You don’t have to look far for fresh news about Mars, Saturn, or Jupiter these days, but Neptune doesn’t always get the same kind of attention. The …

Astronomy

Astronomers expect to find many more Earth-like planets

Astronomers have confirmed the existence of 95 new planets beyond our solar system, bringing the total number of known exoplanets to 3,700, and they …

Exoplanets

When Will We Finally Find A Truly Earth-Like Exoplanet?

There are many definitions of an Earth-like exoplanet. Some say it's a planet that orbits a star at just the right distance for liquid water to exist …

Astronomy

James Webb Space Telescope challenges artists to see in infrared

With an astronomer’s toolkit and an artist’s eye, Zoltan Levay has transformed raw data from the Hubble Space Telescope into stunning space vistas …

Science

A Massive Vortex on Neptune Is Evaporating Before Our Eyes - ExtremeTech

By on February 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Neptune might not have the mass …

Astronomy

Massive storm on Neptune is mysteriously shrinking, but why?

While Jupiter is famous for its enormous, centuries-old storm known as the Great Red Spot, Neptune also has its own massive storm, but without the …

Astronomy

Hubble's Window into the Cosmic Past

This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy cluster PLCK G004.5-19.5. It was discovered by the ESA Planck satellite through the …

Astrophysics