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WASP-33b Atmosphere and Stratosphere (small)

Stratosphere protects WASP's hot body, say boffins

The venerable Hubble Space Telescope has helped identify an exoplanet's stratosphere for the first time. WASP-33b isn't a place any of us want to visit – it's a gas giant four times the size of Jupiter, and so close to its star that its atmospheric temperature is 10,000°F (more than 5,500°C). Since NASA's press release about …

India plans space telescope launch in second half of 2015

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it is ready to launch its first “mission aimed at studying distant celestial objects.” Dubbed “ASTROSAT”, the craft packs four X-ray instruments, an ultraviolet telescope and a charge particle monitor. ISRO says all payloads have been integrated into the satellite and that a …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
Gravity lens makes supernova appear four times

Massive gravitational lens flare unveils EINSTEIN CROSS SUPERNOVA

Vid “That's odd” must be a scientist's favourite phrase: a set of images of a distant supernova has shown off a phenomenon first predicted more than 50 years ago in 1964. The supernova was spotted in Hubble images by Dr Patrick Kelly of Berkeley while searching for distant galaxies – and because of the effect of gravitational …
Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Jupiter's Great Red Spot becoming mere pimple

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is shrinking. Fast. NASA recently released the images below comparing the spot's size in 1995, 2009 and 2014. Boffins there believe that 19th-century observations of the Spot pegged its widest point at around 41,000km. By the time the two Voyager craft cruised past in the 1980s that was down to 23, …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2014

New moon discovered around Neptune brings total to 14

A researcher studying footage from the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon around Neptune, making it the fourteenth satellite known to be orbiting the blue gas giant. Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, discovered the new moon by examining more than 150 archival photos taken by …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2013
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Dwarf galaxy yields up middle-sized black hole

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope to confirm X-ray observations first published in 2009 have turned up the first observational evidence of mid-sized black holes. That’s not as straightforward as it sounds. As Sydney University-based astronomer Dr Sean Farrell explained to The Register, the midrange black hole has …
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Hubble detects new Plutonian moon

A Hubble Space Telescope search for possible rings around Pluto has turned up a diminutive fourth moon orbiting the dwarf planet. Pluto's moon P4 seen in grainy Hubble image. Pic: NASA The body, temporarily dubbed P4, joins Charon, Hydra and Nix in the family circling the icy world. NASA says P4 is around 8 to 21 miles (13 …
Lester Haines, 21 Jul 2011
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Discovery glides home safely

Space shuttle Discovery returned to Earth on Saturday, touching down at 15:15 GMT at the Kennedy Space Center at the end of a successful 14-day jaunt to the International Space Station. Discovery landing on Saturday. Pic: NASA Mission STS-124 saw delivery and installation of the Pressurized Module of Japan's Kibo laboratory …
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2008
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Discovery crew preps for Saturday landing

The crew of space shuttle Discovery are today making final preparations for a scheduled landing tomorrow at Kennedy Space Center, following a successful mission STS-124 which saw delivery, attachment and activation of the Pressurized Module of the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory. Doscovery's crew The crew ( …
Lester Haines, 13 Jun 2008
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Galactic fog cloaks magnificent fossil stars

Astronomers working at the European Southern Observatory have identified what appears to be a previously unknown globular cluster. The candidate cluster is known as FSR 1735, and is located in the inner part of our galaxy, around 30,000 light years away from us, close to the galactic plane. It is shrouded in dust, along with …
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Mar 2007
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Space telescope mirrors ready for polishing

After a rather difficult week, some good news for NASA: its engineers have just finished making the mirror that will be the eye of its next space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). All that remains is for it to be ground and polished. The telescope will be used, as Hubble was and still is, to examine the …
Lucy Sherriff, 9 Feb 2007

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