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Month: December 2023

VIPER Mission Manager Update: Flight Rover Reaches Half-Built.

  The dedicated VIPER team is diligently constructing the lunar-bound flight vehicle, slated to touch down on the Moon in just one year. At the halfway mark of the build, enthusiasts can actively witness the intricate process and gain insights from the team’s experts through engaging livestreams. A significant achievement occurred during the summer, as […]

Juno’s Close Encounter: NASA’s Probe to Investigate Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon Io on December 30th.

  Capturing the north polar expanse of Jupiter’s moon Io, this striking image, taken by NASA’s Juno on October 15, unveils three previously unseen mountain peaks near the day-night border. Juno, with 56 flybys of Jupiter under its belt, has meticulously documented close encounters with three of the gas giant’s largest moons. A significant milestone […]

Exploring Cosmic Frontiers: The Pioneering Infrared Telescopes Preceding NASA’s Webb.

  For four decades, scientists have delved into the cosmos using infrared space telescopes, marking significant milestones with missions like the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS), launched in 1983; the Spitzer Space Telescope, launched in 2003; and the groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope, which embarked on its celestial journey in 2021. As the James Webb Space […]

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope reveals a spiral galaxy with ‘forbidden’ light.

  This captivating image showcases the whirling splendor of MCG-01-24-014, a luminous spiral galaxy situated approximately 275 million light-years away from Earth. Beyond its distinct spiral structure, MCG-01-24-014 boasts an exceptionally dynamic core classified as an active galactic nucleus (AGN), placing it in the category of a Type-2 Seyfert galaxy. Seyfert galaxies, akin to quasars, […]

Hubble shows the richness of spiral galaxies.

  In this mesmerizing Hubble Picture of the Week, a tapestry of spiral galaxies unfolds. The dominant presence on the right is NGC 1356, flanked by seemingly smaller spiral galaxies—LEDA 467699 above and LEDA 95415 at its left. Completing the cosmic ensemble is IC 1947 along the left side of the image. This celestial snapshot […]

An ode to NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover and the Ingenuity helicopter.

  In a remarkable Martian moment, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover captured a selfie featuring the Ingenuity helicopter, positioned approximately 13 feet (3.9 meters) from the rover. Taken by the WATSON camera mounted on the rover’s robotic arm on April 6, 2021, this image provides a snapshot of the historic encounter on the 46th Martian day, […]

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovered a phenomenon called Saturn’s cloud bands and ring spokes.

Captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope on October 22, 2023, this striking image of Saturn unveils the enigmatic phenomenon known as ring spokes. Situated approximately 850 million miles from Earth, Saturn’s spokes are fleeting features that revolve in tandem with the rings, their ethereal presence lasting only two or three rotations around the planet. During […]

Created a 14-year time interval of the gamma-ray sky from data obtained by NASA’s Fermi mission.

  The celestial theater unfolds in a captivating all-sky time-lapse crafted from 14 years of data collected by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The Sun, intermittently bursting into prominence, gracefully charts its course across the firmament against the dynamic backdrop of high-energy sources spanning our galaxy and beyond. Seth Digel, a senior staff scientist at […]

Supernova Encore: NASA Webb spots a second lensed supernova in the awgalaxy MACS J0138.0-2155 during observations.

The NASA James Webb Space Telescope recently detected a multiply-imaged supernova in the distant galaxy MRG-M0138. Captured by the Webb NIRCam, two supernova images are visible, with an anticipation of a third appearing by 2035. The image uses color-coding: blue for 1.15 and 1.5 microns, green for 2.0 and 2.77 microns, and red for 3.56 […]

UGC 8091 was imaged using data from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera.

  The captivating image of the dwarf irregular galaxy, UGC 8091, is a result of combining data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys. Depicting a billion stars, the galaxy resembles a dazzling snow globe in this festive snapshot, beautifully captured by the collaborative efforts of NASA and […]

Telescopes Illuminate the Enchanting ‘Christmas Tree Cluster’ in NGC 2264.

  This captivating image of NGC 2264, known as the “Christmas Tree Cluster,” reveals a celestial tree formed by the radiant lights of young stars. Situated approximately 2,500 light-years away in our Milky Way, NGC 2264 comprises stars aged between one and five million years. Differing in size, these stars vary from smaller ones, less […]

Discovered by NASA, some icy exoplanets are likely to have habitable oceans and geysers.

  The NASA study broadens the exploration for extraterrestrial life by proposing that 17 exoplanets may possess oceans of liquid water beneath icy surfaces, a crucial component for supporting life. These oceans could potentially give rise to geysers, as calculated by the science team in a groundbreaking effort, marking the first estimates of geyser activity […]

Hubble’s Gaze Unveils the Enigmatic Beauty of a Late-Type Galaxy.

The NASA Hubble Space Telescope unveils celestial wonders, and among them is NGC 2814, an irregular galaxy residing 85 million light-years away. Captured by Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, the image portrays NGC 2814 as a seemingly isolated stroke of brilliance on a cosmic canvas. However, appearances can deceive, for within this cosmic artwork lies […]

Webb identified the smallest free-floating brown dwarf in the central portion of the star cluster IC 348.

Brown dwarfs exist in a celestial realm, bridging the boundary between stars and planets. These enigmatic objects undergo a star-like formation, accumulating sufficient density to succumb to gravitational collapse. However, unlike stars, they never reach the critical density and temperature required to initiate hydrogen fusion, preventing them from becoming radiant stars. At the lower end […]

Seeing, Believing: 15 Years of Captivating Exoplanet Images Unveiled Through Direct Imaging.

French astronomers, employing the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, made a groundbreaking discovery of the giant exoplanet Beta Pictoris b. This achievement culminated in a remarkable direct image capturing the celestial body. Initially, a captivating dusty disk and observable tracks of “exocomets” hinted at the planetary presence. However, the defining moment occurred 15 years […]

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