Category: Astronomy

NASA’s Juno spacecraft sends first in-orbit view

NASA’s Juno spacecraft sends first in-orbit view

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the […]

Hubble Captures Incredible Snap Of “Bubble Nebula” To Celebrate 26 Years In Space

Hubble Captures Incredible Snap Of “Bubble Nebula” To Celebrate 26 Years In Space

This weekend marks the 26th year in orbit for the Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched on April 24, 1990, aboard the Shuttle Discovery. Every year to commemorate the day, Hubble observes a specific object of astronomical importance. This year, NASA and ESA have picked the incredible Bubble Nebula. The nebula, also known as NGC 7635, lies 8,000 light-years from Earth in […]

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’

Solar storms trigger Jupiter’s ‘Northern Lights’

It is the first time that Jupiter’s X-ray aurora has been studied when a giant storm from the Sun has arrived at the planet. The dramatic findings complement NASA’s Juno mission this summer which aims to understand the relationship between the two biggest structures in the solar system – the region of space controlled by […]

Incredible New Image Shows Two Galaxy Clusters Colliding

Incredible New Image Shows Two Galaxy Clusters Colliding

This kaleidoscopic image of twinkling stars and cosmic hazes shows the site of a colossal collision of two galaxy clusters, coming together to form a single entity known as MACS J0416.1-2403. Galaxy clusters can be made up of thousands of galaxies, along with hot gas and dark matter, bound together by gravity. Under the right […]

Black hole smashup generated yottawatts of power

Black hole smashup generated yottawatts of power

Yottawatt \YOT-ah-wat\ n.: 1 million billion billion watts That’s a lotta watts. And a lot more — 3.6 x 1049 watts,  or 36 septillion yottawatts — blasted out of the black hole collision that the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory detected in September. Rather than a flash of light, the power came out as ripples […]

Message From Aliens Or Colliding Objects? The Hunt For Enigmatic Radio Bursts Is About To Get Real

Message From Aliens Or Colliding Objects? The Hunt For Enigmatic Radio Bursts Is About To Get Real

Astronomers are getting ever closer to understanding the origin of mysterious “fast radio bursts” – very brief but intense pulses of radio waves from outer space – after a series ofrecent contradictory findings. While the cause of these powerful blips is still unknown, scientists’ eagerness to find out is driving a renaissance in radio astronomy. […]

Hubble Snaps Two Galaxies Slowly Becoming One

Hubble Snaps Two Galaxies Slowly Becoming One

Galaxy mergers are some of the most important events in the universe, and since the Big Bang they have been shaping how galaxies form and evolve. By observing and studying mergers, astronomers can learn a lot about the processes going on inside galaxies. The latest image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows two galaxies that […]