Webb Telescope Will Look for Signs of Life Way Out There

The first question astronomers want to answer about exoplanets: Do they have atmospheres friendly to life?

#extraterrestrial-life, #planets, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

Arizona Wildfire Destroys Observatory Buildings

The Contreras fire has disrupted the work of astronomers, though the observatory’s scientific equipment remains safe for now.

#arizona, #fires-and-firefighters, #national-science-foundation, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #tucson-ariz, #wildfires

A Chinese Telescope Did Not Find an Alien Signal. The Search Continues.

China’s astronomers have been initiated into the search for extraterrestrial intelligence with the kind of false alarm that others in the field have experienced for decades.

#china, #extraterrestrial-life, #five-hundred-meter-aperture-spherical-radio-telescope, #seti-institute, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them.

Researchers have built an algorithm that can scan old astronomical images for unnoticed space rocks, helping to detect objects that could one day imperil Earth.

#asteroids, #b612-foundation, #computers-and-the-internet, #earth, #lu-edward-t, #photography, #research, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

Has the Milky Way’s Black Hole Come to Light?

The Event Horizon Telescope reaches again for a glimpse of the “unseeable.”

#black-holes-space, #event-horizon-telescope, #milky-way-galaxy, #sagittarius-a, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

Astronomers Find What Might Be the Most Distant Galaxy Yet

Is the object a galaxy of primordial stars or a black hole knocking on the door of time? The Webb space telescope may help answer that question.

#astrophysical-journal, #black-holes-space, #james-webb-space-telescope, #monthly-notices-of-the-royal-astronomical-society-journal, #skytelescope-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

Imagine Another World. Now Imagine 5,000 More.

NASA recently announced that it had detected more than 5,000 exoplanets, so we asked astronomers, actors and an astronaut to share their favorite worlds orbiting distant stars.

#bloom-rachel-leah-1987, #druyan-ann, #extraterrestrial-life, #hadfield-chris, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #wheaton-wil

How a Tiny Asteroid Strike May Save Earthlings From City-Killing Space Rocks

An asteroid hunter detected the small object two hours before it crashed into the sea near Greenland, a sign of the growing sophistication of NASA’s planetary defense system.

#asteroids, #computers-and-the-internet, #greenland, #iceland, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #meteors-and-meteorites, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

Making a Camera for the James Webb Space Telescope

When the James Webb Space Telescope sent its first images to Earth, no one was more excited than Marcia J. Rieke, who oversaw the design and construction of its camera.

#james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rieke-marcia-j, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

The Milky Way: An Electrifying View

A new radio-wave image of the center of our galaxy reveals all the forms of frenzy that a hundred million or so stars can get up to.

#astrophysical-journal, #black-holes-space, #camilo-fernando-scientist, #milky-way-galaxy, #sagittarius-a, #south-africa, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

James Webb Telescope Arrives at Destination in Space: Updates and Video

The telescope’s safe arrival is a relief to scientists who plan to spend the next 10 or more years using it to study ancient galaxies.

#james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

The James Webb Space Telescope Finishes Unfolding: How to Watch

While there are no cameras aboard the spacecraft, NASA is providing updates as the telescope deploys its mirrors. Here’s what you need to know.

#james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

A Divided World United to Launch the James Webb Space Telescope

“I’ve always seen space as an area where we cooperate, through all the trying times,” said a professor who oversaw mission control for the global effort to launch a $10 billion telescope into space.

#baltimore-md, #belgium, #california, #canadian-space-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-space-agency, #european-union, #french-guiana, #germany, #great-britain, #james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #politics-and-government, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

Webb Telescope Approaches Launch, With an Eye Toward Cosmic Origins

The biggest space telescope in history aims to answer astronomy’s oldest question: How did we get from the Big Bang to here?

#black-holes-space, #freedman-wendy-l, #french-guiana, #hubble-constant, #hubble-space-telescope, #james-webb-space-telescope, #physics, #planets, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

SpaceX Launches IXPE NASA Telescope for X-Ray Views of Universe

The IXPE spacecraft will use X-ray polarimetry to better measure black holes, supernovas and other astronomical phenomena.

#imaging-x-ray-polarimetry-explorer, #james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #x-rays

A New 10-Year Plan for the Cosmos

On astronomers’ wish list for the next decade: two giant telescopes and a space telescope to search for life and habitable worlds beyond Earth.

#atacama-desert, #black-holes-space, #canary-islands, #chile, #europe, #hawaii, #james-webb-space-telescope, #national-academies-of-sciences-engineering-and-medicine, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #united-states, #your-feed-science

The Webb Telescope’s Latest Stumbling Block: Its Name

The long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is scheduled to launch in December. But the NASA official for whom it is named has been accused of homophobia.

#hubble-space-telescope, #james-webb-space-telescope, #names-organizational, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nelson-bill-1942, #prescod-weinstein-chanda, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #tubman-harriet, #walkowicz-lucianne, #webb-james-h-jr, #your-feed-science

What Do You Call a Bunch of Black Holes: A Crush? A Scream?

There are pods of whales and gaggles of geese. Now astronomers are wondering which plural term would best suit the most enigmatic entity in the cosmos.

#doeleman-sheperd-s, #event-horizon-telescope, #messier-87-galaxy, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

Hunting Ghost Particles Beneath the World’s Deepest Lake

A neutrino-spotting telescope beneath Russia’s frozen Lake Baikal in Russia is close to delivering scientific results after four decades of setbacks.

#domogatski-grigori-v, #ice, #lake-baikal-russia, #neutrinos, #physics, #research, #russia, #siberia, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

The Most Intimate Portrait Yet of a Black Hole

Two years of analyzing the polarized light from a galaxy’s giant black hole has given scientists a glimpse at how quasars might arise.

#astrophysical-journal-letters, #black-holes-space, #event-horizon-telescope, #gravitation-and-gravity, #laser-interferometer-gravitational-wave-observatory-ligo, #messier-87-galaxy, #photography, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

Oumuamua: It Came From Another Solar System

A piece of an extrasolar Pluto may have passed through our cosmic neighborhood, a new study suggests.

#comets, #journal-of-geophysical-research-planets, #nitrogen, #pluto-dwarf-planet, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

The Moon’s Comet-Like Tail Shoots Beams Around the Earth

“It almost seems like a magical thing,” said one of the astronomers involved in studying the lunar phenomenon.

#journal-of-geophysical-research-planets, #meteors-and-meteorites, #moon, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

Life on Venus? The Picture Gets Cloudier

Despite doubts from many scientists, a team of researchers who said they had detected an unusual gas in the planet’s atmosphere were still confident of their findings.

#chemistry, #extraterrestrial-life, #microbiology, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #venus-planet

The Webb Telescope, NASA’s Golden Surfer, Is Almost Ready, Again

After decades of fits and starts, the multibillion dollar successor to the Hubble telescope is expected to launch as soon as this fall.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #hubble-space-telescope, #james-webb-space-telescope, #kahn-nathaniel, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #research, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #the-hunt-for-planet-b-movie, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

George Carruthers, Whose Telescopes Explored Space, Dies at 81

At a time when there were few other Black astrophysicists, he developed a telescopic device that went to the moon on Apollo 16.

#apollo-project, #black-people, #carruthers-george-1939-2020, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #race-and-ethnicity, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

Was That a Dropped Call From ET?

A spooky radio signal showed up after a radio telescope was aimed at the next star over from our sun.

#breakthrough-listen, #extraterrestrial-life, #radio, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

Outer Space Just Got a Little Brighter

The universe is not as black as astronomers once thought.

#dark-matter-astronomy, #light, #new-horizons-spacecraft, #physics, #research, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

The Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico Collapses

Astronomers and residents of Puerto Rico mourned as an eye on the cosmos shuttered unexpectedly overnight.

#arecibo-ionospheric-observatory, #national-science-foundation, #puerto-rico, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

Arecibo Observatory, a Great Eye on the Cosmos, Is Going Dark

The radio telescope in Puerto Rico has to come down before it collapses.

#arecibo-observatory, #drake-frank, #extraterrestrial-life, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #physics, #puerto-rico, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

How to See the Halloween Blue Moon (and Uranus!) With Your Kids

“The Uranus jokes never end,” an astronomer said.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #jupiter-planet, #mars-planet, #milky-way-galaxy, #moon, #planets, #saturn-planet, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #uranus-planet, #venus-planet

There’s Water and Ice on the Moon, and in More Places Than NASA Once Thought

Future astronauts seeking water on the moon may not need to go into the most treacherous craters in its polar regions to find it.

#ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nature-astronomy-journal, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #water

A Black Hole’s Lunch: Stellar Spaghetti

Astronomers observed a star become a “feast” for a cosmic monster.

#black-holes-space, #gravitation-and-gravity, #monthly-notices-of-the-royal-astronomical-society-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

Stuart Bowyer, Astronomer Who Lent His Ear to the Cosmos, Dies at 86

He was a scientist who succeeded in seeing the unseeable and hoped to tune in to extraterrestrial life.

#bowyer-stuart-1934-2020, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #extraterrestrial-life, #soyuz-project, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #ultraviolet-light, #university-of-california-berkeley

At the Edge of Time, a Litter of Galactic Puppies

The discovery of a black hole surrounded by protogalaxies provides astronomers with a rare glimpse of the web of matter permeating the cosmos.

#black-holes-space, #hubble-space-telescope, #quasars, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

Mount Wilson Observatory, Icon of Cosmology, ‘Declared Safe’ From Fires

The birthplace of modern cosmology “has been declared safe” from the wildfires that have ravaged the surrounding area in Southern California.

#los-angeles-calif, #mount-wilson-observatory, #pasadena-calif, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

Life on Venus? Astronomers See Phosphine Signal in Its Clouds

The detection of a gas in the planet’s atmosphere could turn scientists’ gaze to a planet long overlooked in the search for extraterrestrial life.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #extraterrestrial-life, #microbiology, #phosphine, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #venus-planet

Is There a Black Hole in Our Backyard?

Astrophysicists have recently begun hatching plans to find out just how weird Planet Nine might be.

#black-holes-space, #gravitation-and-gravity, #large-synoptic-survey-telescope, #physics, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

A Rip in the Fabric of Interstellar Dreams

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope is temporarily crippled by an accident.

#black-holes-space, #drake-frank, #hurricane-maria-2017, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #national-science-foundation, #puerto-rico, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #university-of-central-florida, #your-feed-science

This Star Looked Like It Would Explode. Maybe It Just Sneezed

The mysterious dimming of the red supergiant Betelgeuse is the result of a stellar exhalation, astronomers say.

#astrophysical-journal, #hubble-space-telescope, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky

The F.C.C. approved the company’s 3,236-satellite constellation, which aims to provide high-speed internet service around the world.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #federal-communications-commission, #pollution, #private-spaceflight, #research, #satellites, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

NASA Delays James Webb Telescope Launch Date, Again

The universe will have to wait a little longer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

Watch This Black Hole Blow Bubbles

A black hole was seen shooting electrified gas and energy into space. Each blob contained about 400 million billion pounds of matter.

#astrophysical-journal-letters, #black-holes-space, #espinasse-mathilde, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

NASA Names Dark Energy Telescope for Nancy Grace Roman

Dr. Roman was a pioneer at NASA, joining the agency in its early days and becoming its first chief astronomer.

#dark-energy-astronomy, #hubble-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #roman-nancy-grace-1925-2018, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

The Galaxy That Grew Up Too Fast

A vast wheel of gas in the primordial cosmos is forcing astronomers to rethink how some of the universe’s largest structures may have formed.

#chile, #dark-matter-astronomy, #gravitation-and-gravity, #milky-way-galaxy, #nature-journal, #neeleman-marcel, #peebles-james, #physics, #prochaska-j-xavier, #quasars, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #wolfe-arthur-1939-2014, #your-feed-science

A Black Hole’s Boomerangs

Astronomers dissect the energy flow in a distant galaxy.

#black-holes-space, #camilo-fernando, #cotton-william, #monthly-notices-of-the-royal-astronomical-society-journal, #national-radio-astronomy-observatory, #south-africa, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories, #your-feed-science

SpaceX Changes to Starlink Satellites Earn Astronomers’ Praise

Some astronomers who have criticized the company’s orbital internet constellation were encouraged by the measures it announced.

#computers-and-the-internet, #private-spaceflight, #research, #satellites, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

The Case of the Disappearing Exoplanet

Fomalhaut b was one of the first planets around another star to be directly imaged by telescopes. Some astronomers now say it was a cloud of asteroid debris.

#asteroids, #fomalhaut-b, #gaspar-andras, #hubble-space-telescope, #planets, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #rieke-george-h, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories