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Once on orbit, the 18 hexagonal mirror segments will work together as one 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror, the largest mirror ever flown in space and the first to deploy in space. Ball Aerospace also developed the secondary mirror, tertiary
48 Washington: Astronomers have now confirmed the presence of Kepler-88 c, an unseen planet that had been previously predicted thanks to the gravitational perturbation it caused on its transiting brother planet, Kepler-88 b.
If all goes well, a Soyuz-STB-Fregat rocket will lift off from Kourou, French Guiana, hoisting the observatory Gaia on a five-year exploration that may sweep away notions of our place in the galaxy. The most sophisticated space telescope ever built
It may be telling astronomers that life could be supported there, and it may offer a way of finding out. Thursday . "We pushed Hubble to its limits to see this very faint emission," said Joachim Saur , the telescope's lead investigator on the project.
Posted by Derek As longtime readers know, one of my spare-time occupations is amateur astronomy. I often get asked by friends and colleagues for telescope recommendations, so (just as I did last year), I'd like to provide some, along with some
This illustration shows a stars light illuminating the atmosphere of a planet. Goddard Space Flight Center Posted: 12/10/13, 8:38 AM PST Updated: 6 secs ago Two black holes are entwined in a gravitational tango in this artists conception. Researchers
18 Washington: Researchers have found clear observational evidence for the theoretically predicted break between very low mass stars and brown dwarfs...Lead author, Dr. Sergio Dieterich from Georgia State University, said that in order to
U.S. government agency that turns science fiction into real technology, is developing a spy satellite that could view 40 percent of the face of the Earth simultaneously and capture high-resolution video and photos. The Defense Advanced Research
But the size of the exoplanet isn't what's stumping the team of researchers. The exoplanet is so far away from its host star in fact, that according to current planet formation theory, it really shouldn't even exist. In comparison, the furthest
An anonymous donor from Orange County has given $1 million to Orange Coast College's astronomy program, the college has announced. The money will go toward a new astronomy village, complete with fixed telescopes for the program. The equipment will be