‘Larger than Rhode Island’: Astronomers identify largest comet ever seen from Earth
Astronomers say they have identified the largest comet ever seen from Earth, by using the Hubble Space Telescope. >> Read more trending newsThe comet, called C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein), is larger than the state of Rhode Island, according to a press release from NASA. “The nucleus is about 50 times larger than found at the heart of most known comets,” the NASA release said. Now we confirm it is.”The confirmation came via the Hubble Telescope which has, for some 30 years, been recording the events happening in deep space. “We guessed the comet might be pretty big, but we needed the best data to confirm this.”©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
New Hubble photo shows galaxy's bright supermassive black hole cloaked in dust
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a stunning new view of a galaxy, which, when viewed from the side, looks like any normal spiral galaxy, but it actually harbors an incredibly bright active galactic nucleus at its core.space.com
Hubble Space Telescope is a gift of science that keeps giving
Some of the new Caldwell images include celestial gems that can be spotted with a telescope, binoculars or the naked eye. Originally, the space telescope was designed to last 15 years in orbit. This Hubble image captures Caldwell 78 (or NGC 6541), a globular star cluster roughly 22,000 light-years from Earth. When Hubble first began returning science data, astronomers did not see the clear images expected but fuzzy stars. The space agency is building another even more powerful telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope that will ultimately replace Hubble.
Never-before-seen Hubble Telescope images released
The Hubble Space Telescope turned 30 years old this year and to celebrate, NASA is releasing 30 never-before-seen images of the wonders of space. The photos show galaxies, star clusters and nebulae, all of which are visible from a home telescope. [TRENDING: First doses of vaccine sent across US | OK if drivers can’t see out rear window? The Hubble Space Telescope has been capturing dazzling images like these since it was launched into space in April of 1990. You can see dozens of images and learn the science behind them by visiting NASA’s website.
Jupiter, enticing moon Europa star in new Hubble photo
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jupiter and its enticing moon Europa shine in a new photo by the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble snapped the picture last month when the planet was 406 million miles (653 million kilometers) away, and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore released it Thursday. Europa, which is smaller than our own moon, appears as a pale dot alongside its giant, color-streaked gas planet. NASA plans to launch a spacecraft, the Europa Clipper, later this decade to see if conditions there might be ripe for life. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
Launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope delayed again by virus, other issues
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The launch of NASA’s successor to the Hubble Space Telescope faces seven more months of delay, this time because of the pandemic and technical issues. Officials announced Thursday that the James Webb Space Telescope — the space agency's top science priority — is now scheduled to launch on Oct. 31, 2021. Budget reserves set aside two years ago during the last major assessment will cover any additional expenses, said Thomas Zurbuchen, the space agency's science mission chief. The sun shield is needed to keep the infrared telescope cold once in space. NASA plans to ship Webb next summer to its European launch site in French Guiana — Europe's contribution to the mission.