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Some simply breathtaking images being sent back to Earth by NASA's solar dynamics observatory. Really makes you think what an excellent reality we live in...way better than the one where everything is made of marshmallows. But seriously, these are some awesome pictures.Some simply breathtaking images being sent back to Earth by NASA's solar dynamics... more
There is something strange is lurking in the galactic neighborhood. An unknown object in galaxy M82 12 million light-years away has started sending out radio waves, and the emission does not look like anything seen anywhere in the universe before except perhaps by Ford Prefect. M82 is starburst galaxy five times as bright as the Milky Way and one hundred times as bright as our galaxy's center.
"We don't know what it is," says co-discoverer Tom Muxlow of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics near Macclesfield, UK. But its apparent sideways velocity is four times the speed of light. This "superluminal" motion occurs usually in high-speed jets of material bursting out by black holes. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/submit-an-article/306-mysterious-radio-waves-from-unknown-object-in-m82-galaxy-There is something strange is lurking in the galactic neighborhood. An unknown object... more
James Webb Telescope, STS-131 and today in space history on your Spacevidcast for March 30th, 2010.
As most of you know, the Hubble Space Telescope has had it's last repair. Which is what much of the new movie Hubble 3D is about. Not to worry though. As Hubble will end it's days sometime around 2020 peacefully, there is a new tele on the block that is just rearing to go! The James Webb Space Telescope. Or JWST for short.
As you can see there is a lot of excitement about this new telescope! Now the JWST will not be a complete successor of Hubble's, because it won't be sensitive to all of the light wavelengths that Hubble is. The main scientific goal is to observe the most distant objects in the universe. Or to steal from some famous words... where no man has seen before.
If you can't wait for the Webb telescope, then fret not... STS-131 is only 6 days away from launch!
Starting late on April 4th and going in to April 5th Spacevidcast will be streaming live coverage of STS-131's launch in High Definition. Not only is Spacevidcast.com the only place on the planet that you can get live high definition streaming of shuttle launches, but you can also ask your questions of astronauts, reporters and crew working down at KSC during the launch. If you can't watch one of the final 4 launches in person, then at least watch it in HD with us!
Today in space history: Rocketdyne was awarded in 1964 a contract for the production of 76 F-1 rocket engines to be used on the first stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle. The F-1 engine was the most powerful single nozzle, liquid fueled rocket engine, ever used in service. These are the engines that were used to first get humans to the moon and were the driving force of the most powerful rocket ever built.
And of course, don't forget to join us this Friday at 2 am Coordinated Universal Time for a live interview with Ed Buckbee. Mr. Buckbee was NASA PAO working with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts and is also the founder of Space Camp. Grab a copy of his book "The Real Space Cowboys" from Apogee books and join us to ask your questions of Ed live!James Webb Telescope, STS-131 and today in space history on your Spacevidcast for... more
Astronomers have come across what appear to be two of the earliest and most primitive supermassive black holes known. The discovery, based largely on observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, will provide a better understanding of the roots of our universe, and how the very first black holes, galaxies and stars all came to be. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/submit-an-article/270-ua-astronomers-discover-most-primitive-supermassive-holes-known-Astronomers have come across what appear to be two of the earliest and most primitive... more
Since WISE began its scan of the entire sky in infrared light on Jan. 14, the space telescope has beamed back more than a quarter of a million raw, infrared images. Four new, processed pictures illustrate a sampling of the mission's targets -- a wispy comet, a bursting star-forming cloud, the grand Andromeda galaxy and a faraway cluster of hundreds of galaxies. ... http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/submit-an-article/226-nasas-wise-mission-releases-medley-of-first-imagesSince WISE began its scan of the entire sky in infrared light on Jan. 14, the space... more
Is that a smashed comet or an X-Wing fighter? Scientists are offering up their own theories as to what created the striking star-inspired image, which was captured by NASA's Hubble telescope in January. The object - dubbed “P/2010 A2” after it was discovered in early January by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program sky survey - has traits similar to a comet, but the x-shape appears disconnected from the tail. Sci-fi lovers may instead go for a more fantastical theory, believing it to be the "Last Starfighter" or, perhaps, a Kilrathi dreadnought from the Wing Commander video game. .... http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=154:hubble-telescope-captures-image-of-mysterious-x-shaped-object-in-space&catid=30:the-community&Itemid=51Is that a smashed comet or an X-Wing fighter? Scientists are offering up their own... more
WASHINGTON – NASA's new planet-hunting telescope has found two mystery objects that are too hot to be planets and too small to be stars.
The Kepler Telescope, launched in March, discovered the two new heavenly bodies, each circling its own star. Telescope chief scientist Bill Borucki of NASA said the objects are thousands of degrees hotter than the stars they circle. That means they probably aren't planets. They are bigger and hotter than planets in our solar system, including dwarf planets.WASHINGTON – NASA's new planet-hunting telescope has found two mystery... more
NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system.
LINK : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100104131643.htmNASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the... more
NASA launched a new space observatory Monday to scan the skies for new celestial objects in infrared light.
The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) lifted off atop a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:09 a.m. EDT (1409 GMT) on Monday.
The launch was originally scheduled for Friday, but NASA delayed it to allow engineers to fix a glitch on the rocket's booster steering engine. The issue was resolved and the launch went off seemingly without a hitch.
NASA's new telescope will view the heavens with infrared eyes, which see long-wavelength light that is shrouded from optical lenses. The $320 million spacecraft is designed to survey the entire heavens in about six months, creating an all-sky map of the universe in infrared light.
"The infrared is important to us in astronomy because it shows us where the cool things are in the universe, things much cooler than the sun," said Jon Morse, director of astrophysics at NASA, during aNASA launched a new space observatory Monday to scan the skies for new celestial... more
Last Wednesday, Germany's Max Plank Institute for Solar System Research released amazing, detailed video footage of the sun's surface, captured in incredible detail not visible with the naked human eye.
The video was captured by SUNRISE, the largest solar telescope ever to have left Earth, which was tethered to an enormous helium balloon and flew to the edge of the Earth's stratosphere, reaching a cruising altitude of 37 kilometers above the Earth's surface.
There's two videos, check them out:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/13/telescope-captures-close_n_355903.htmlLast Wednesday, Germany's Max Plank Institute for Solar System Research released... more
Toward the end of September, the sun will turn a spotlight on the asteroid Juno, giving that bulky lump of rock a rare featured cameo in the night sky. Those who get out to a dark, unpolluted sky will be able to spot the asteroid's silvery glint near the planet Uranus with a pair of binoculars.Toward the end of September, the sun will turn a spotlight on the asteroid Juno,... more
The most recent lunar eclipse was seen from all over the world. Here are pictures taken from different locations.The most recent lunar eclipse was seen from all over the world. Here are pictures... more
The Thirty Meter Telescope, which is vying to be the inaugural member of an emerging class of giant eyes in the sky, is headed for the Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
That means the other contending site, Cerro Armazones in Chile, is off the drawing board.
Richard Ellis, a TMT board member, said the choice was a tough one, but Mauna Kea had scientific advantages.
"Mauna Kea is a higher site. It is actually drier, and the average temperature fluctuates less from day to day and during the day to night cycle than the Chilean site," he said, during a press conference this afternoon to announce the decision. "Much of the astronomy will be at infrared wavelengths, where the dryness is an advantage."
He added that the Hawaii boasts slightly better atmospheric qualities, including lower turbulence over the site.
When completed in 2018, the TMT will enable astronomers to detect and study light from the earliest stars and galaxies, analyze the formation of planets around nearby stars, and test many of the fundamental laws of physics. Based on the scientific model of the twin Keck telescopes, the core technology of TMT will be a 30-meter primary mirror composed of 492 segments.
The TMT project is an international partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and ACURA, an organization of Canadian universities. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) joined TMT as a Collaborating Institution in 2008.
The TMT project has completed its $77 million design development phase with primary financial support of $50 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and $22 million from Canada. The project has now entered the early construction phase, with an additional $200 million pledge from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Caltech and the University of California each have agreed to raise matching funds of $50 million to bring the construction total to $300 million, and the Canadian partners propose to supply the enclosure, the telescope structure, and the first light adaptive optics.
The TMT faces competition from the Giant Magellan Telescope to usher in the age of the giants.The Thirty Meter Telescope, which is vying to be the inaugural member of an emerging... more
In an orbital first, astronauts opened up and installed new electronics on one of the Hubble Space Telescope's most important instruments on Saturday. But NASA must now wait for the results of a battery of tests to see if the ambitious repair job was a success.
The space shuttle Atlantis is currently orbiting Earth on an 11-day mission to refurbish Hubble and extend its life until at least 2014. This is the fifth and last mission to service the telescope, which NASA hopes will leave Hubble with its best vision yet.
After two days of spacewalks that ran over-schedule, astronauts John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel made short work of the repair of Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), expected to be one of the most challenging tasks of the mission.In an orbital first, astronauts opened up and installed new electronics on one of the... more
NASA'S space shuttle Atlantis has been caught in a stunning snap silhouetted against the sun.
The pic — the first ever image taken of a solar transit of a space shuttle and Hubble Space Telescope — was taken by an amateur astronomer from his back garden.NASA'S space shuttle Atlantis has been caught in a stunning snap silhouetted... more
The right tools can make any job easier, and that will be especially true this week when the Hubble Space Telescope gets its last tuneup.
When space shuttle Atlantis blasts off Monday on the final flight to Hubble, the astronauts will be carrying 180 special tools, and 116 of them were designed just for this mission, which involves tricky repairs to two science instruments that were never intended to be fixed in space. Liftoff is scheduled for 2:01 p.m. EDT.
The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990. It has been serviced four times before, with the last servicing mission occurring in 2002.
"Over the last few years, we've seen significant deterioration within the set of scientific instruments that we provide to the astronomical community," says David Leckrone, senior project scientist for Hubble at NASA.
He says that after this visit, if all goes well, Hubble should be more powerful than ever before.
Astronauts are scheduled to go on five spacewalks to give the telescope an upgrade that includes new batteries and gyroscopes, and additional science instruments.
But some of the most ambitious repair work involves "actually going into the very guts of instruments that have suffered failures that were never meant to be touched on orbit," says Michael Weiss, deputy program manager for Hubble at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.The right tools can make any job easier, and that will be especially true this week... more
The Hubble Space Telescope's legendary Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 has produced one of its last images, a gorgeous shot of a planetary nebula. The nebula, a colorful cloud of gas and dust named Kohoutek 4-55 (or K 4-55), has an eye that appears to be looking right back at Hubble.The Hubble Space Telescope's legendary Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 has... more
A new Hubble image highlights striking swirling dust lanes and glittering globular clusters in oddball galaxy NGC 7049. An unusual large galaxy with a shape bordering between spiral and elliptical has been spotted by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.A new Hubble image highlights striking swirling dust lanes and glittering globular... more