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Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes find 'Lego-block' galaxies in early universe
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope have joined forces to discover nine of the smallest, faintest, most compact galaxies ever observed in the distant universe. (2007-09-06)
Rebirth of an icon: Hubble's first images since Servicing Mission 4
Astronomers today declared the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope a fully rejuvenated observatory ready for a new decade of exploration, with the release of observations from four of its six operating science instruments. (2009-09-09)
Cassiopeia A -- The colorful aftermath of a violent stellar death
A new image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope provides a detailed look at the tattered remains of a supernova explosion known as Cassiopeia A (Cas A) -- the youngest known remnant from a supernova explosion in the Milky Way. (2006-08-30)
The complex material engineering of NASA's Webb Telescope sunshield
The shiny silver material of the five-layer sunshield that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is a complex and innovative feat of material science and engineering. (2016-06-23)
Space telescopes reveal previously unknown brilliant X-ray explosion in our Milky Way galaxy
Astronomers in Japan, using an X-ray detector on the International Space Station, and at Penn State University, using NASA's Swift space observatory, are announcing the discovery of an object newly emitting X-rays, which previously had been hidden inside our Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Centaurus. (2010-10-22)
NASA high school STEM challenge announces winning team
The NASA RealWorld-InWorld Engineering Design Challenge, an integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics program focused on NASA's forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope, has named the 2012-2013 first place team. (2013-05-03)
Discovering missing black holes: First science from a virtual observatory
A European team has used the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO) to find 30 supermassive black holes that had previously escaped detection behind masking dust clouds. (2004-05-28)
Gamma-ray bursts' highest power side unveiled by Fermi telescope
Detectable for only a few seconds but possessing enormous energy, gamma-ray bursts are difficult to capture because their energy does not penetrate the Earth's atmosphere. (2012-02-18)
Astrophysicists discover 'compact jets' from neutron star
Compact jets that shoot matter into space in a continuous stream at near the speed of light have long been assumed to be a unique feature of black holes. (2006-05-22)
NASA announces details of Hubble servicing mission
NASA scientists and a space shuttle astronaut today outlined details of a challenging mission that will repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope in 2008. (2008-01-08)
Astronomers plan second look at mega star birthing grounds
Astronomers this summer will take a close look at a rare cosmic cradle for the universe's largest stars, baby bruisers that grow up to have 50 times the sun's mass. (2010-05-10)
New 'alien' invaders found in the Milky Way: Queen's University astronomer
As many as one quarter of the star clusters in our Milky Way -- many more than previously thought -- are (2010-02-26)
Stanford scientists: Orbiting gamma-ray observatory begins search for odd space objects
The researchers have stopped holding their breath. The $690 million observatory they sent into orbit June 11 has awoken to begin its observation of the gamma-ray light from celestial mystery object such as black holes, spinning neutron stars and dark matter. (2008-07-09)
Edge-on!
As Uranus coasts through a brief window of time when its rings are edge-on to Earth -- a view of the planet we get only once every 42 years -- astronomers peering at the rings with ESO's Very Large Telescope and other space or ground-based telescopes are getting an unprecedented view of the fine dust in the system, free from the glare of the bright rocky rings. (2007-08-23)
GMRT discovers a dying, giant radio galaxy 9 billion light years away!
An international team of astronomers has discovered an extremely rare radio galaxy -- a giant, with an extent of 4 million light years caught in its dying phase at an incredible distance of 9 billion light years. (2015-11-06)
Canada's first space telescope finds stellar 'Flat Liner'
MOST, Canada's first space telescope, celebrates its first birthday today, but its latest surprising results could spoil the party for other astronomers whose earlier results are now being questioned. (2004-06-30)
NASA's Fermi telescope discovers first gamma-ray-only pulsar
About three times a second, a 10,000-year-old stellar corpse sweeps a beam of gamma-rays toward Earth. (2008-10-16)
UK astronomers scan the skies for threat from space
British astronomers are providing a vital component to the world-wide effort of identifying and monitoring rogue asteroids and comets. (2004-10-13)
Spitzer nets thousands of galaxies in a giant cluster
In just a short amount of time, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has bagged more than a thousand previously unknown dwarf galaxies in a giant cluster of galaxies. (2007-05-28)
Most-distant galaxy candidate found
A team of astronomers including Carnegie's Daniel Kelson have set a new distance record for finding the farthest galaxy yet seen in the universe. (2012-11-15)
Cosmic magnifying glasses could shed light on the origin of the Universe
Astronomers have shown how gravitational lensing allows us to see the faintest and most distant galaxies, helping us to understand the origin of the Universe. (2011-01-13)
Snapshot of cosmic burst of radio waves
A strange phenomenon has been observed by astronomers right as it was happening -- a 'fast radio burst.' The eruption is described as an extremely short, sharp flash of radio waves from an unknown source in the universe. (2015-01-19)
Hubble sees monstrous cloud boomerang back to our galaxy
Hubble Space Telescope astronomers are finding that the old adage 'what goes up must come down' even applies to an immense cloud of hydrogen gas outside our Milky Way galaxy. (2016-01-28)
Infrared telescope may give clues to galactic mystery
Astronomers at Cornell University are eagerly anticipating discoveries that the new Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) will make. (2002-04-10)
University of Tennessee professor helps to discover near-Earth asteroid is really a comet
For 30 years, scientists believed a large near-Earth object was an asteroid. (2013-09-10)
How NASA will avoid double Hubble trouble
When NASA had the embarrassment of launching the Hubble Space Telescope only to find it didn't focus properly, astronauts were able to fix the fault in space. (2006-06-07)
Comet or asteroid? Hubble discovers that a unique object is a binary
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. (2017-09-20)
Digital sky survey shedding light on faint Milky Way stars
Tools such as the Hubble telescope let astronomers peer deep into space, but the special-purpose Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope in New Mexico is shedding more light on our celestial neighborhood. (2003-01-08)
Astronomers spy on galaxies in the raw
A CSIRO radio telescope has detected the raw material for making the first stars in galaxies that formed when the Universe was just three billion years old -- less than a quarter of its current age. (2013-06-25)
NASA's Webb Telescope to investigate mysterious brown dwarfs
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are. (2018-01-04)
Big Bang Theory Challenged
An Australian-led team of astronomers has challenged conventional Big Bang theory by finding that large numbers of stars may be living unseen in the space between galaxies. (1999-03-23)
International team of scientists reports discovery of a new planet
An international team of scientists, including several who are affiliated with UC Santa Barbara, has discovered a new planet the size of Jupiter. (2010-03-17)
Desert pathfinder at work
The Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) project celebrates the inauguration of its outstanding 12-m telescope, located on the 5100 m high Chajnantor plateau in the Atacama Desert (Chile). (2005-09-25)
Hubble sees a star 'inflating' a giant bubble
For the 26th birthday of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers are highlighting a Hubble image of an enormous bubble being blown into space by a super-hot, massive star. (2016-04-21)
Hubble spotlights a celestial sidekick
Technically, this picture is merely a sidekick of the actual object of interest -- but space is bursting with activity, and this field of bright celestial bodies offers plenty of interest on its own. (2017-02-17)
Solar corona revealed in super-high-definition
Today, astronomers are releasing the highest-resolution images ever taken of the Sun's corona, or million-degree outer atmosphere, in an extreme-ultraviolet wavelength of light. (2012-07-20)
NASA's Hubble finds dwarf galaxies formed more than their fair share of universe's stars
They may be little, but they pack a big star-forming punch. (2014-06-19)
Stellar fireworks through Hubble's eyes
Nearly 12.5 million light-years away, in the dwarf galaxy NGC 4449, stellar fireworks on display have been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. (2007-07-03)
A New Planet Is Born?
Astronomers believe the Hubble Space Telescope may be witnessing the birth of new planets. (1998-10-21)
Super-tough sunshield to fly on the James Webb Space Telescope
Imagine sunglasses that can withstand the severe cold and heat of space, a barrage of radiation and high-speed impacts from small space debris. (2008-11-12)
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