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Month: February 2024

VIPER Mission: All VIPER flight instruments have been installed, and more than 80% of the Moon rover construction is complete.

The VIPER team is making remarkable strides in constructing the lunar rover destined for the Moon’s surface. Currently exceeding 80% completion, the installation of all flight instruments stands as a significant achievement. The dedicated efforts of the VIPER team are evident in the progress witnessed, generating excitement as the rover takes shape.The upcoming confirmational tests […]

In 1997, Hubble captured the celestial Maternity Ward N81 in the Small Magellanic Cloud.

  In a cosmic spectacle captured by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, the celestial maternity ward known as N81 unveils a breathtaking “family portrait” of youthful, ultra-bright stars nestled within their embryonic cloud of radiant gases. Situated 200,000 light-years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a small irregular satellite galaxy of our Milky Way, […]

Red giant and white dwarf: Nova explosion in the northern crown witnesses the emergence of a ‘new’ star.

  In this animation of a nova, a red giant star and a white dwarf engage in a mesmerizing cosmic dance. The red giant, a vast sphere adorned in shades of red, orange, and white, orbits the white dwarf. The side facing the white dwarf exhibits the lightest shades. Meanwhile, the white dwarf remains concealed […]

NASA’s CUTE Mission employs a new design, enabling observations of exoplanets to be made using a small spacecraft for the first time.

  In Figure 1, offer an artist’s conceptualization depicting the CUTE mission in its on-orbit setting. Operating from a 560 km sun-synchronous orbit since September 2021, CUTE showcases its instrumental prowess in studying extreme exoplanets with precision. Among the 5,500 exoplanets discovered thus far, a significant number orbit their parent stars in close proximity. These […]

The a barred spiral galaxy NGC 1559 has been observed by the Webb telescope.

  This image features the barred spiral galaxy galaxy NGC 1559 as seen by the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope. Captured by the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope, this image showcases the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1559. Situated approximately 35 million light-years away in the seldom-explored southern constellation Reticulum (The Reticule), the galaxy exhibits a […]

NASA’s planetary radar took some pictures of the slowly rotating asteroid 2008 OS7 for the purpose of observation.

  In the lead-up to its close encounter with Earth on Feb. 2, asteroid 2008 OS7 was meticulously observed through a series of images taken by the formidable 230-foot Goldstone Solar System Radar antenna near Barstow, California. As asteroid 2008 OS7 approached Earth on Feb. 2, NASA’s Deep Space Network planetary radar provided unprecedented detailed […]

Hubble Captures Dynamic Scenes of Star Formation in Active Galaxy IC 3476.

  In this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, we explore the details of the dwarf galaxy IC 3476, offering a glimpse into the celestial wonders of our universe. The Hubble Space Telescope’s image showcases IC 3476, a dwarf galaxy situated approximately 54 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. Despite its outwardly […]

On February 22, an intense solar flare was observed erupting from the Sun.

  On Feb. 22, 2024, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a solar flare, vividly depicted by a bright flash in the upper left of the Sun. This image, showcasing extreme ultraviolet light in bronze hues, focuses on the exceptionally hot material within flares. On February 22, 2024, the Sun unleashed a potent solar flare, reaching […]

Webb Unveils Clues Pointing to Neutron Star at the Core of Supernova Remnant.

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope has achieved a groundbreaking discovery, providing compelling evidence of emission from a neutron star at the location of the recently observed supernova, SN 1987A. Situated 160,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, SN 1987A graced Earth with its visibility in 1987, marking the first naked-eye observable supernova since […]

Astronomers have discovered one of the most powerful explosions ever from a black hole, known as SDSS J1531+3414.

  Astronomers recently detected a remarkable event—a powerful eruption from a black hole within the SDSS J1531+3414 system, aptly abbreviated as SDSS J1531. This colossal explosion, dating back billions of years, holds potential clues about the origin of a captivating arrangement of star clusters surrounding two immense galaxies, forming a bead-like pattern. SDSS J1531 is […]

To investigate heat absorption and emission from Earth’s polar regions, NASA is sending two CubeSat satellites.

  NASA’s PREFIRE mission observes sunlight glinting off ice patches in the Chukchi Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean, to delve into the impact of a warming world on sea ice loss, ice sheet melt, and sea level rise in Earth’s polar regions. Scheduled for launch in spring 2024, NASA’s PREFIRE mission introduces two compact […]

NASA’s Juno spacecraft studies Jupiter and its Great Red Spot.

  Jupiter, the unrivaled giant of our solar system, commands attention with its bright presence and easily discernible features, thanks to its massive size and distinct banded cloud tops. Not just a solitary planet, Jupiter boasts moons of considerable proportions; Ganymede, the largest among them, surpasses the planet Mercury in size. Observing Jupiter and its […]

NASA Unveils Impressive 121.6 Gram Bulk Sample Mass from OSIRIS-REx Mission to Asteroid Bennu.

  Behold, eight sample trays filled with the ultimate material from asteroid Bennu. Extracted from the top plate of the TAGSAM head, 51.2 grams were meticulously collected, contributing to a final asteroid sample mass of 121.6 grams. Image credit: NASA/Erika Blumenfeld & Joseph Aebersold. Upon its return to Earth on September 24, 2023, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx […]

NASA’s New Experimental Antenna Successfully Tracks Deep Space Laser Signals.

  Deep Space Station 13 at NASA’s Goldstone complex in California, a segment of the agency’s Deep Space Network, achieves a groundbreaking milestone as an experimental antenna retrofitted with an optical terminal. In an unprecedented feat, this proof of concept successfully received both radio frequency and laser signals from deep space simultaneously. The Deep Space […]

Feb. 16 at, A Strong solar flare bursting from the Sun was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

  NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured stunning images of a solar flare on Feb. 16, 2024, showcasing bright flashes on the right in three subsets of extreme ultraviolet light. The colorized images in teal, gold, and red emphasize the intensely hot material within the flares. On Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at 1:53 a.m. EST, the […]

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