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Month: September 2023

How autonomous systems help NASA’s Perseverance rover conduct more science experiments on Mars.

That NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover, achieved a remarkable feat by navigating through a field of boulders that was more than 1,700 feet wide, and it did so in about one-third of the time it would have taken previous Mars rovers. This challenging terrain was called “Snowdrift Peak.”What makes this achievement even more impressive is that […]

A planet is orbiting star where it should have been destroyed.

  The discovery of an enormous planet orbiting a dying star, known as 8 Ursae Minoris b, is shaking up our understanding of how planets form and the limits of stellar destruction. Astronomers have been surprised to find the planet in a stable, nearly circular orbit around the star, as it had been expected that […]

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera (ACS) shows Arp 107.

  Arp 107, a pair of galaxies in the midst of a cosmic collision. using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), we can get a great look at this amazing phenomenon. The larger galaxy in the image is a Seyfert galaxy, a type of powerful and energetic galaxy with an active […]

Webb captured the beautiful curved arms of the spiral galaxy M51.

  The grand-design spiral galaxy M51 is enveloped by graceful and winding arms that are captured in this image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. Unlike other galaxies which have ragged or disrupted spiral arms, M51 has prominent and well-developed arms that are clearly visible. This portrait was taken by the Mid-InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) […]

Webb’s observations reveal an excellent distribution of supersonic outflow from a young star.

  NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has provided an extremely detailed view of Herbig-Haro 211, a young star analogous to our Sun. This nearby star is surrounded by gas and dust which is propelled outward at high speeds due to the stellar winds or jets of gas from the new star. The image taken by […]

Do Webb’s observations confirm the accuracy of the expansion rate of the universe as measured by Hubble?

Have you ever wondered how fast the universe is expanding? Scientists have been asking this same question for years. In fact, it’s one of the most fundamental parameters for understanding the evolution and ultimate fate of the cosmos. This rate of expansion is known as the “Hubble Constant”, and measuring it precisely is an incredibly […]

Webb’s study reveals methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of K2-18 b.

This artist’s concept shows what K2-18 b could look like, 120 light-years away from Earth in the habitable zone around the cool dwarf star K2-18. Data collected by the telescope reveals the presence of carbon-bearing molecules such as methane and carbon dioxide, suggesting K2-18 b may have a water ocean underneath a hydrogen-rich atmosphere. NASA’s […]

MOXIE of Perseverance rover completed the experiment of generating oxygen.

  The first astronauts to land on Mars may owe a debt of gratitude to the descendants of a microwave oven sized device called MOXIE (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment). It has been used 16 times on NASA’s Perseverance rover and has proven to be far more successful than its creators at the Massachusetts […]

Hubble Telescope sees glittering the globular star cluster inside Milky Way.

  The colorful image of the globular star cluster Terzan 12 is an awe-inspiring example of how dust in space can influence the starlight that comes from background objects. A globular star cluster is a collection of stars, bound together by gravity, which present in a spheroidal formation. There are around 150 ancient globular clusters […]

NASA’s Swift has detected a snacking black hole.

Using NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, which launched in 2004, scientists have discovered a black hole in a distant galaxy repeatedly nibbling on a Sun-like star. This remarkable discovery signals a new era of Swift science, made possible by a novel method for analyzing data from the satellite’s X-ray Telescope (XRT). Phil Evans, an astrophysicist […]

NASA’s LRO spacecraft took a picture of the Chandrayaan-3 lander on the surface of the Moon.

  NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured images of the Chandrayaan-3 landing site on the Moon’s surface. ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 successfully landed on the Moon’s surface on August 23, 2023, in an area located around 600 kilometers from the Moon’s South Pole. The LRO spacecraft is providing a unique opportunity for scientists to gain an […]

Image of the rotating galaxy IC 1776, captured by the Hubble Telescope.

  Gazing out into the night sky, it’s easy to be in awe of the wonders of the universe. But there’s one particular sight that’s truly out of this world: the swirling galaxy IC 1776, located over 150 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Pisces. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a […]

Messier 89,the Hubble telescope sees a spherical view of the stars.

Messier 89, located in the Virgo constellation, was discovered and catalogued by Charles Messier in 1781. Messier was an astronomer who had grown tired of being mistaken for Halley’s comet after identifying a faint object in the sky. To prevent others from making the same mistake, he created a catalogue of bright deep-sky objects which […]

Webb’s observations have revealed new structures within the iconic supernova.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has begun to study one of the most renowned supernovae, SN 1987A (Supernova 1987A). Located 168,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, SN 1987A has been closely observed at various wavelengths for nearly 40 years since its discovery in February of 1987. Webb’s NIRCam (Near-Infrared Camera) captured a detailed […]

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