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'Earendel' Is Most
Distant Star Ever Seen
Mar 31, 2022 5:06 AM CDT
'Earendel' Is Most Distant Star Ever Seen
Light from long-dead star took 12.8 billion years to reach us
- Scientists are expecting great things from the new James Webb Space Telescope, but its predecessor is still helping them spot cosmic wonders including what is believed to be the most distant star ever seen. Light from Earendel, which got its nickname from the Old English word for morning star,"...
Most Powerful Telescope
in the World Lifts Off
Dec 25, 2021 7:00 AM CST
Most Powerful Telescope in the World Lifts Off
The James Webb Space Telescope, successor to the Hubble, launches aboard rocket
The world's most powerful telescope is on its way to the cosmos. A rocket lifted off Saturday morning with the James Webb Space Telescope, reports the AP . NASA is collaborating with the European and Canadian space agencies on the telescope, and the launch took place from French Guiana....
Makes Hubble Go Dark
Jun 22, 2021 9:12 AM CDT
Computer Glitch Makes Hubble Go Dark
NASA is struggling to reboot the 'brain' of the telescope
- The famed Hubble telescope is still kicking after more than three decades in space, but it's been dark for more than a week now because of a computer glitch. NASA has tried and failed to reboot the telescope's payload computer since it crashed on June 13, reports Live...
Gives Itself 'Stunning'
Apr 25, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Hubble Telescope Gives Itself 'Stunning' Anniversary Gift
To celebrate 30 years in space, a jaw-dropping photo of 'Cosmic Reef' nebulae
- On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, with a very special item on board: the Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched into Earth's orbit a day later. Now, to celebrate the telescope's 30th anniversary observing the cosmos, NASA has...
Most Distant World
Gets a New Name
Nov 13, 2019 12:39 AM CST
Most Distant World Ever Explored Gets a New Name
Arrokoth is 1B miles beyond Pluto
- The most distant world ever explored 4 billion miles away finally has an official name: Arrokoth. That means "sky" in the language of the Native American Powhatan people, NASA said Tuesday. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past the snowman-shaped Arrokoth on New Year's Day, 3.5 years...
Second Space Telescope
Takes 'a Little Vacation'
Oct 12, 2018 1:22 PM CDT
Second Space Telescope Takes 'a Little Vacation'
Like Hubble, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory goes into safe mode
- Another NASA space telescope has shut down and halted science observations, the AP reports. Less than a week after the Hubble Space Telescope went offline, the Chandra X-ray Observatory did the same thing. NASA said Friday that Chandra automatically went into so-called safe mode Wednesday, possibly because of a gyroscope...
Oct 9, 2018 11:47 AM CDT
Glitch Leaves Hubble Pointing Wrong Way
Telescope could be down to a single operating gyroscope
- The Hubble Space Telescope is in "safe mode," which does little to explain the trouble it's in. The renowned telescope entered safe mode around 6pm Friday—meaning it's essentially now just holding steady—following the failure of one of the gyroscopes used to point and steady...
Today's NASA Launch
Signals End of an Era
Aug 18, 2017 9:09 AM CDT
Today's NASA Launch Signals End of an Era
'It's like our baby,' team member says of TDRS-M tracking satellite
- NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit, as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of TDRS-M, the 13th satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network,...
It Would Never
Be Seen. It
Jun 9, 2017 12:30 AM CDT
Einstein Said It Would Never Be Seen. It Just Was
Astronomers observe gravitational microlensing between distant stars
- Astronomers just proved the great Albert Einstein wrong—by proving him right. Einstein's 1915 theory of relativity says gravity can distort light and alter its path.
Einstein posited that would create a phenomenon called gravitational microlensing between two stars appearing to pass in front of each...
What the Hubble
Up on Jupiter
Sep 27, 2016 1:11 AM CDT
What the Hubble Saw Shooting Up on Jupiter Moon
Search for life on Europa could be easier than expected
- The Hubble Space Telescope has spied what appear to be water plumes on one of Jupiter's icy moons shooting up as high as 125 miles. The geysers are apparently from an underground ocean that's thought to exist on Europa, considered one of the top places to search for...
Faster Than Thought
Jun 3, 2016 11:09 AM CDT
Universe Expanding Faster Than Thought
Surprise finding suggests Einstein was a little off
- New calculations in the cosmos have revealed a surprise: The universe appears to be expanding faster than anyone thought. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists measured the distance to stars in 19 galaxies and concluded that the universe is growing 5% to 9% quicker than expected, the researchers say in...
This Is the
Mar 4, 2016 11:28 AM CST
This Is the Farthest Galaxy Ever Spotted, Astronomers Say
They've discovered a galaxy from a time when the universe was just a 'toddler'
- Astronomers say they have discovered a hot, star-popping galaxy that is far, far away—farther than any previously detected, from a time when the universe was a mere toddler of about 400 million years old. By employing a different technique—one that has raised some skepticism—a team of astronomers...
Hubble Spots 'Butterfly'
2K Light-Years Away
Aug 27, 2015 10:07 AM CDT
Hubble Spots 'Butterfly' 2K Light-Years Away
It's also known as the Twin Jet Nebula, and it's pretty
- It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... a space butterfly? That's essentially what the Hubble Space Telescope has captured in a new image of the Twin Jet Nebula, a shimmering planetary nebula that strongly resembles a winged insect, reports CNET . What you're actually seeing in...
The Hubble Spots
'Smiley Face' in Space
Feb 10, 2015 7:48 AM CST
The Hubble Spots 'Smiley Face' in Space
Its 'eyes' are actually galaxies
- The universe is smiling down on us—almost literally. The Hubble Telescope has captured a "smiley face" in space: two bright yellow eyes (a cluster of galaxies called SDSS J1038+4849), a white nose, and a faint smile and incomplete circle around the entire face. But those curving lines "...
of 10K Galaxies
Jun 4, 2014 7:20 AM CDT
Astonishing NASA Image Captures Color of 10K Galaxies
Hubble shot spans light spectrum, took 841 orbits to create
- Thousands of galaxies of all ages, shapes, and colors can be seen in a stunning new image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Some of the oldest galaxies visible appear as light from nearly 12 billion years ago, almost as old as the universe, but NASA says the most exciting...
Red Spot Has
May 17, 2014 9:17 AM CDT
Jupiter's Great Red Spot Has Really Shrunk
It looks more like a circle than an oval
- The signature red spot we see in pictures of Jupiter could fit three Earths next to each other—in the late 1800s. The Great Red Spot is getting smaller, and the reason is a mystery, Reuters reports. It was some 25,000 miles across in the late 19th century; by...
Asteroid's Odd Death
Mar 6, 2014 3:54 PM CST
Hubble Captures Asteroid's Odd Death
They're the first such photographs ever
- The Hubble Space Telescope continues to wow astronomers. NASA today released a series of photographs that the AP calls the "first pictures of a disintegrating asteroid." Hubble zoomed in for a closer look after other telescopes spotted something unusual in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars...
Hubble Finds Water
on 5 Distant Planets
Dec 4, 2013 5:17 PM CST
Hubble Finds Water on 5 Distant Planets
Vapor detected in atmosphere, but none of the planets could support life
- It's seen as more of a confirmation of theory than a startling discovery, but scientists have found water in the atmosphere of five huge planets outside our solar system. A potential sign of life? Not quite, explains the
. These five gas giants (or "hot Jupiters")...
by 6-Tailed Comet
Nov 8, 2013 4:35 PM CST
NASA 'Dumbfounded' by 6-Tailed Comet
(OK, technically it's a 'comet-like' asteroid)
- The Hubble telescope has spotted a spectacular, perplexing object in the middle of the Asteroid Belt: a rock with six "comet-like" dust tails streaming behind it. "We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it," David Jewitt, the head of the astronomy team studying the P/2013 P5, said...
Neil deGrasse Tyson Picks Holes in
Oct 7, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
Neil deGrasse Tyson Picks Holes in
For a start, he says, it should be called 'Angular Momentum'
- Because it wouldn't be a sci-fi film if geeks didn't tear it to shreds on the Internet, celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken to Twitter to unravel what he deems the "mysteries of
"—a film he says would more aptly be titled "...
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