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Month: November 2023

NASA’s Dragonfly final mission to study Titan will move forward with the design phase.

  NASA’s Dragonfly mission is advancing to the final mission design and fabrication stage, Phase C, in fiscal year 2024. The mission, aimed at sending a rotorcraft to investigate Saturn’s moon Titan, successfully met all criteria during the Preliminary Design Review earlier this year. Despite the postponement of formal confirmation, which includes total cost and […]

Webb Telescope Unveils Striking Details of a Prominent Protostar in Perseus.

  This month’s featured image from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope provides a detailed glimpse of the Herbig Haro object 797 (HH 797). Herbig-Haro objects, such as HH 797, are radiant areas encircling newly formed stars, specifically protostars. These objects take shape when the stellar winds or gas jets emitted by protostars generate shockwaves […]

The Hubble Telescope has revealed an explosive past in the spiral galaxy NGC 941.

In this captivating image captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, the spiral galaxy NGC 941 takes center stage, situated approximately 55 million light-years from Earth. The data for this image was collected by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). While NGC 941 is a visually stunning component of this celestial snapshot, the primary impetus for […]

In New Paradox: Black Holes Challenge the Notion of Heat Death.

  The concept of heat death captivated Victorian-era physicists, serving as an early illustration of the intricate connection between everyday physics and profound cosmological themes. Analogous to dropping ice cubes into water, disrupting equilibrium, the subsequent melting and chilling reach a common temperature, albeit without a sense of progress. This principle, recognized by 19th-century thermodynamics […]

An unusually close glimpse of a black hole swallowing a wandering star was seen.

  Recent observations using multiple NASA telescopes have captured a massive black hole in the act of tearing apart an unfortunate star that ventured too close. Situated approximately 250 million light-years away in the center of another galaxy, this event marks the fifth-closest instance of a black hole destroying a star on record. The aftermath […]

Hubble shows a small part of the nebula Westerhout 5 as bright red.

  The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures a captivating scene awash in red hues.This image unveils a segment of the Westerhout 5 nebula, situated approximately 7,000 light-years away from Earth. Illuminated by vivid red light, the picture showcases various intriguing elements, including a free-floating Evaporating Gaseous Globule (frEGG), visible as a small tadpole-shaped dark region […]

Webb identified methane in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-80 b.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has made a groundbreaking observation of the exoplanet WASP-80 b, capturing spectra that reveal the presence of both methane gas and water vapor in its atmosphere. While water vapor has been previously detected in numerous planets, methane has proven elusive in the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets when studied with space-based […]

On November 17, Earth’s surpassing a global temperature exceeding 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

  On November 17, 2023, Earth experienced a pivotal moment, surpassing a global temperature exceeding 2°C above pre-industrial levels. As measured by the ERA5 data, underlines the urgency of addressing climate change, especially with COP28 approaching.The recorded global surface air temperature on November 17 reached 2.07°C above the pre-industrial average, calculated based on the period […]

Unveiling the Secrets of Enceladus: NASA Research Sheds Light on Organic Molecules in Briny Conditions.

  NASA-backed researchers have delved into the behavior of organic molecules suspended in brine, akin to the conditions on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. This study provides crucial insights for astrobiologists seeking to comprehend the potential habitability of Enceladus’ subsurface ocean. The moon, known for its intriguing plumes observed by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in 2005, holds significant […]

NASA and ISRO test pioneering new Earth satellite.

  Venturing into the cosmic crucible, the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite has triumphed over an arduous 21-day test within a thermal vacuum chamber in Bengaluru, India. Developed collaboratively by the United States and Indian space agencies, NISAR emerged unscathed on November 13, proving its mettle under the relentless scrutiny of extreme temperatures and […]

NASA’s Webb reveals several new features in a part of the galaxy’s dense core.

  NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope provides a mesmerizing view of the Milky Way’s dense core with its Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument. Capturing a portion of the Sagittarius C (Sgr C) region, approximately 300 light-years from the central supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*, the image reveals about 500,000 stars along with intriguing, yet-to-be-explained features. The […]

NASA’s DSOC Experiment Achieves “First Light” Beyond the Moon.

  NASA’s Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) experiment marks a historic milestone as it achieves “first light,” successfully beaming a near-infrared laser encoded with test data from nearly 10 million miles away – a distance about 40 times farther than the Earth’s Moon. Riding on the recently launched Psyche spacecraft, DSOC heralds a new era […]

Hubble Captures the Dazzling “Last Hurrah” of a Sun-like Star.

  In a breathtaking display of cosmic artistry, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures the vivid “last hurrah” of a Sun-like star gracefully concluding its celestial journey. The star, in its final act, sheds its outer layers of gas, creating an enchanting cocoon around its remaining core. Illuminated by the ultraviolet light emitted by the dying […]

Searching for Life Beyond Earth: The Challenges and Hopeful Approaches.

  In the not-too-distant future, a distant planet may offer tantalizing hints of hosting life, unveiling its secrets with a measured reluctance. Space telescopes, armed with the ability to detect atmospheres and analyze their compositions, could spot gases resembling those found on Earth, sparking debates among experts about the potential for life. As we enter […]

A glowing cosmic cloud points to a collision.

  A luminous cosmic cloud has unveiled the aftermath of a cataclysmic collision, echoing the traces of colossal planetary crashes witnessed even within our solar system. The enduring imprints, such as the distinctive tilt of Uranus and the formation of Earth’s Moon, bear witness to ancient planetary collisions that have reshaped their positions and characteristics. Expanding […]

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