Category Archives: Astronomy

Solar Sail

Space travel visionaries solve Sailing to Nearest Star

Space travel visionaries solve the problem of interstellar slowdown at our stellar neighbor (Source PHL @ UPR Arecibo.) – In April last year, billionaire Yuri Milner announced the Breakthrough Starshot…

This view of a massive cluster of galaxies unveils a very cluttered-looking universe filled with galaxies near and far

Hubble and Star Trek to the Final Frontier

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the TV series “Star Trek” has captured the public’s imagination with the signature phrase, “To boldly go where no one has gone before.” NASA’s…

James Webb Space Telescope Mirror in the clean room

JWST Mirror fully assembled in the clean room

If you live in the DC-Baltimore area do yourself a favor and go see the fully assembled mirror there. I went to see it a few weeks ago and it…

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Hubble Sees a Star ‘Inflating’ a Giant Bubble

(Source NASA) – For the 26th birthday of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers are highlighting a Hubble image of an enormous bubble being blown into space by a super-hot, massive…

kepler

Kepler enters emergency mode

The Kepler spacecraft, which has been responsible for finding the majority of Exoplanets thus far, hasĀ entered emergency mode for unknown reasons. During a scheduled contact on Thursday, April 7, mission…

This is an illustration of a planet that is four times the mass of Jupiter and orbits 5 billion miles from a brown-dwarf companion (the bright red object seen in the background).

Hubble Directly Measures Rotation of Cloudy ‘Super-Jupiter’

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have measured the rotation rate of an extreme exoplanet by observing the varied brightness in its atmosphere. This is the first measurement of the…

Geminid meteor shower peak Dec 13, NASA hosting tweet chat

Weather permitting, the Geminid meteor shower is anticipated to bring up to 100 meteors per hour, with many visible to the naked eye. This annual event occurs due to small…

NASA Space Telescopes See “First Born” Image of the Faintest Galaxy

(NASA) – Astronomers harnessing the combined power of NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have found the faintest object ever seen in the early universe. It existed about 400 million…