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James Webb Space Telescope Full Mirror Deployment a Success

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

As Webb progresses towards liftoff in 2021, technicians and engineers have been diligently checking off a long list of final tests the observatory will undergo before being packaged for delivery to French Guiana for launch.


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Hubble Finds Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star that passed too close.

Astrophotonics: Astronomy and Modern Optics

Astrophotonics: Astronomy and Modern Optics

Much of the progress in Astronomy has been driven by instrumental developments, from the first telescopes to fiber fed spectrographs.


ALMA Resolves Gas Impacted By Young Jets From Supermassive Black Hole

ALMA Resolves Gas Impacted By Young Jets From Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).


Star Formation Project Maps Nearby Interstellar Clouds

Star Formation Project Maps Nearby Interstellar Clouds

Astronomers have captured new, detailed maps of three nearby interstellar gas clouds containing regions of ongoing high-mass star formation. The results of this survey, called the Star Formation Project, will help improve our understanding of the star formation process.


Supermassive Black Holes Shortly After The Big Bang: How To Seed Them

Supermassive Black Holes Shortly After The Big Bang: How To Seed Them

They are billions of times larger than our Sun: how is it possible that, as recently observed, supermassive black holes were already present when the Universe, now 14 billion years old, was "just" 800 million years old?


Chandra Data Tests 'Theory of Everything'

Chandra Data Tests 'Theory of Everything'

One of the biggest ideas in physics is the possibility that all known forces, particles, and interactions can be connected in one framework.


Hubble Gazes at Fluffy-Looking Galaxy

Hubble Gazes at Fluffy-Looking Galaxy

This image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy NGC 4237. Located about 60 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair)


Quasar Tsunamis Rip Across Galaxies

Quasar Tsunamis Rip Across Galaxies

Using the unique capabilities of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has discovered the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in the universe. They emanate from quasars and tear across interstellar space like tsunamis, wreaking havoc on the galaxies in which the quasars live.


Black Hole Team Discovers Path to Razor-Sharp Black Hole Images

Black Hole Team Discovers Path to Razor-Sharp Black Hole Images

Last April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole.


A Cosmic Laboratory: LHA 120-N 150

A Cosmic Laboratory: LHA 120-N 150

This scene of stellar creation, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, sits near the outskirts of the famous Tarantula Nebula, the largest known stellar nursery in the local universe.


A New Type Of Pulsating Star Discovered

A New Type Of Pulsating Star Discovered

A star that pulsates on just one side has been discovered in the Milky Way about 1500 light years from Earth.


ESO Telescope Observes Exoplanet Where It Rains Iron

ESO Telescope Observes Exoplanet Where It Rains Iron

Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed an extreme planet where they suspect it rains iron.


Printing A Telescope For Space

Printing A Telescope For Space

This weirdly organic item is the answer to an engineering question: how to take the maximum benefit from 3D printing to produce a highly demanding item for a space mission?


SOFIA's Infrared View of the Skies

SOFIA's Infrared View of the Skies

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, studies the universe with infrared light.


Hubble Examines Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 3887

Hubble Examines Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 3887

The barred spiral galaxy NGC 3887, seen here as viewed by the Wide Field Camera 3 aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, lies over 60 million light-years away from us in the southern constellation of Crater (the Cup).


ALMA Spots A Metamorphosing Aged Star

ALMA Spots A Metamorphosing Aged Star

An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has captured the very moment when an old star first starts to alter its environment.


Two Stars Merged To Form A Massive White Dwarf

Two Stars Merged To Form A Massive White Dwarf

A massive white dwarf star with a bizarre carbon-rich atmosphere could be two white dwarfs merged together according to an international team led by University of Warwick astronomers, and only narrowly avoided destruction.



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