Oxygen Line Opens New Perspective on the Far Universe

The Netherlands-(ENEWSPF)- A team of astronomers of Leiden University (the Netherlands) and the University of Texas (Austin, United States) has discovered a new way to map distant galaxies. They used an atomic oxygen spectral line for this. Normally, this spectral line cannot be captured with terrestrial telescopes. But because the[Read More…]

The fully assembled James Webb Space Telescope with its sunshield and unitized pallet structures (UPSs) that fold up around the telescope for launch, are seen partially deployed to an open configuration to enable telescope installation.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Been Assembled for the First Time

By Thaddeus CesariNASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Goddard Space Science Center-(ENEWSPF)-Reaching a major milestone, engineers have successfully connected the two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope for the first time at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in Redondo Beach, California. Once it reaches space, NASA’s most powerful and complex space telescope will explore the cosmos[Read More…]

An artist impression of the Milky Way, showing the thick and thin discs.

Star-quake Vibrations lead to New Estimate for Age of Milky Way

Data gathered by NASA’s now-defunct Kepler telescope provides a solution to an astronomical mystery. Royal Astronomical Society-(ENEWSPF)- Star-quakes recorded by NASA’s Kepler space telescope have helped answer a long-standing question about the age of the “thick disc” of the Milky Way. In a paper published in the journal Monthly Notices of[Read More…]

An artist’s conception shows a hypothetical planet with two moons orbiting within the habitable zone of a red dwarf star.

Northwestern U: ‘Are We Alone?’ Study Refines Which Exoplanets Are Potentially Habitable

Evanston, IL-(ENEWSPF)- In order to search for life in outer space, astronomers first need to know where to look. A new Northwestern University study will help astronomers narrow down the search. Which exoplanets are truly habitable? The research team is the first to combine 3D climate modeling with atmospheric chemistry[Read More…]

Galaxies selected to measure the Hubble Constant

New Hubble Constant Measurement Adds to Mystery of Universe’s Expansion Rate

Red Giant Stars Used as Milepost Markers Baltimore, MD-(ENEWSPF)- Astronomers have made a new measurement of how fast the universe is expanding, the Hubble Constant, using an entirely different kind of star than previous endeavors. The revised measurement, which comes from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, falls in the center of[Read More…]

Still frame from Nevil Maskelyne's footage of a solar eclipse

First Ever Solar Eclipse Film Brough Back to Life

London, UK-(ENEWSPF)- The BFI and the Royal Astronomical Society have announced the rediscovery of the earliest moving picture of a total solar eclipse from 1900, the first ever solar eclipse film. The original film fragment held in The Royal Astronomical Society’s archive has been painstakingly scanned and restored in 4K by conservation[Read More…]

Hubble legacy field

Hubble Astronomers Assemble Wide View of the Evolving Universe

Baltimore, MD-(ENEWSPF)- Astronomers have put together the largest and most comprehensive “history book” of galaxies into one single image, using 16 years’ worth of observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The deep-sky mosaic, created from nearly 7,500 individual exposures, provides a wide portrait of the distant universe, containing 265,000 galaxies[Read More…]

first image of a black hole, Event Horizon Telescope

Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole

An international collaboration presents paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87 Cambridge, MA-(ENEWSPF)- The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today,[Read More…]