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Month: May 2023

NASA Blue Origin selected as provider for second Artemis lunar lander.

  NASA has selected Blue Origin of Kent, Washington to develop a human landing system for Artemis V mission to the Moon. Through Artemis, NASA will explore the Moon more than ever before; uncovering more scientific discoveries and preparing for future astronaut missions to Mars. The Blue Moon lander designed by Blue Origin will meet […]

An exoplanet that is covered with volcanoes.

  Astronomers have made a groundbreaking discovery of an Earth-size exoplanet – LP 791-18 d – located beyond our solar system. This distant planet is theorized to be carpeted with volcanoes, and could potentially undergo volcanic outbursts as often as Jupiter’s moon Io, which is the most volcanically active body in our solar system. The […]

How NASA’s Webb takes a closer look at the mysterious GJ 1214 b planet.

  NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has uncovered something remarkable; a distant planet outside of our solar system that looks unlike anything we have ever seen before. This unique world, known as GJ 1214 b, is highly reflective and has a steamy atmosphere – the closest look at it yet. Previous observations have been unable […]

How a star is swallowing its neighboring planet.

  Astronomers recently observed a star nearing the end of its life and absorbing a Jupiter-sized planet. This event, detailed in the journal Nature, is thought to be a sign of the star’s aging process, as stars can expand significantly when their fuel reserves run out. While this is a far-off event for our own […]

How Webb imaged the dusty debris disk around the young star Fomalhaut.

  Astronomers recently used NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to image the warm dust around a young star, Fomalhaut, in order to study the first asteroid belt ever seen outside of our solar system in infrared light. Surprisingly, they found that the dusty structures are much more complex than the asteroid and Kuiper dust belts […]

The Hubble telescope took a deep dive into jellyfish clusters.

  The Jellyfish Galaxy, JO175, is a stunning sight captured in detail by the Hubble Space Telescope from 650 million light-years away. This spiral galaxy appears to hang suspended in the skies of the constellation Telescopium and is surrounded by a handful of more distant galaxies, with a bright four-pointed star to its lower right […]

How the Hubble telescope follows the shadow play around the planet-forming disk.

This artist’s concept is based on Hubble Space Telescope images of gas-and-dust disks around the young star TW Hydrae. These images show shadows sweeping across the disks, which are suggested to be from slightly inclined inner disks blocking starlight from reaching the outer disk. The suggestion is that these shadows are being cast due to […]

Isn’t the tail of asteroid 3200 Phaethon made of dust like comets?

  The Geminids are an extraordinary meteor shower in that their progenitor is an asteroid, making it the only meteor shower with such an origin. 3200 Phaethon, the asteroid that is responsible for the Geminids, measures only 5.10 km in diameter, which further adds to the uniqueness of this phenomenon; considering the sheer quantity of […]

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