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An ancient super-Earth offers an unexpected clue that life in our galaxy could be older than scientists thought

Artist's rendition of the hot, rocky planet in TOI-561 - one of the oldest, most metal-poor planetary systems discovered yet in the Milky Way. W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko A super-Earth planet 280 light-years away seems to be about 10 billion years old, adding to growing evidence that rocky planets have existed almost as long as our galaxy. Ancient rocky planets offer further evidence that extraterrestrial life may have existed long before humans. Scientists may have better su...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Harvard, Hawaii, Aliens, Mars, James Webb Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Exoplanet, Milky Way Galaxy, Extraterrestrial Life, Telescopes


Astronomers Detected Gravitational Waves. Now They Want to See the Cosmic Ocean

Using a signal from dozens of rapidly spinning, dead stars, astrophysicists have gotten closer to realizing their goal of detecting a background rumble of gravitational waves in the universe.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Gravitational Waves, Pulsars, General Relativity, Telescopes, Cosmic Ocean


Astronomers spotted a galaxy dying after a major collision. It's bleeding out 10,000 suns' worth of gas each year.

An artist's impression shows galaxy ID2299 losing a tail of gas after being formed in a galactic collision. ESO/M. Kornmesser Astronomers can see a distant galaxy dying as it bleeds cold gas into space. Such gas is critical for forming stars. Galaxies die when they can no longer do so. This galaxy formed from a collision in which two galaxies merged into one. That left a "tail" that's shedding 10,000 suns' worth of gas each year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For ...
Tags: England, Science, News, France, Trends, Nasa, Stars, Hubble Space Telescope, Galaxies, Milky Way Galaxy, University College London, Durham University, Telescopes, Alma, JHU, Andromeda Galaxy


Physicists Are Looking for Dark Matter in Tiny, Ancient Black Holes

On the night of November 23, 2014, a powerful telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii was trying to pick out the enigmatic movements of a black hole traveling through space. In the seven hours the telescope peered at the cosmos, it may have caught one, as a structure about the size of Earth eclipsed a star in our nearest…Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Hawaii, Universe, Black Holes, Dark Matter, Astrophysics, Telescopes, Mauna Kea, Observatories, Primordial Black Hole


A Massive Radioactive Jet From the Early Universe Has Been Spotted

When the universe was a fledgling billion years old, a galaxy spewed a ginormous, fast-moving jet of radiation and plasma into the cosmos. Nearly 13 billion years later, that jet is visible to humans in the form of a blazar. The jet was recently imaged and analyzed by a team of Italian astronomers. Their findings,…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Galaxies, Quasars, Telescopes, Blazars


A Huge Jet of Radiation From the Early Universe Has Been Spotted

When the universe was a fledgling billion years old, a galaxy spewed a ginormous, fast-moving jet of radiation and plasma into the cosmos. Nearly 13 billion years later, that jet is visible to humans in the form of a blazar. The jet was recently imaged and analyzed by a team of Italian astronomers. Their findings,…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Black Holes, Galaxies, Quasars, Telescopes, Blazars


Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in the sky than they have for 800 years on Monday, aligning as a 'double planet.' Here's how to see it.

Jupiter and Saturn seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, December 13, 2020. NASA/Bill Ingalls Jupiter and Saturn will align in the night sky on Monday. It'll be the closest they've appeared in 800 years. The two planets move into alignment, or conjunction, every 20 years. But this year they will be so close that they'll look like a "double planet." The last time Saturn and Jupiter were both this close and visible was in 1226. Here are the best ways to see, photograph...
Tags: Europe, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Virginia, Los Angeles, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rome, University, Planets, Saturn, Jupiter, Dslr


Jupiter and Saturn are about to appear closer in the sky than they have for 800 years, aligning as a 'double planet.' Here's how to see it.

Saturn and Jupiter seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, December 13, 2020. NASA/Bill Ingalls Jupiter and Saturn will align in the night sky on Monday. It'll be the closest they've appeared in 800 years. The two planets move into alignment, or conjunction, every 20 years. But this year they will be so close that they'll look like a "double planet." The last time Saturn and Jupiter were both this close and visible was in 1226. Here are the best ways to see, photograph...
Tags: Europe, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Virginia, Los Angeles, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rome, Planets, Saturn, Jupiter, Dslr, Hubble Space Telescope


China now holds the world's last giant, single-dish telescope after the Arecibo Observatory radio telescope collapsed

China's 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST). Xinhua/Liu Xu via Getty Images China's Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is the largest and last remaining giant, single-dish telescope after Arecibo's collapse. As China's moon mission advances, experts say the via its resolution and sensitivity, the FAST telescope will help produce critical research over the next decades. Opened in 2016, in November, Chinese state media reported that FAST could welcome foreign scien...
Tags: Space, Science, News, China, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Telescope, Puerto Rico, Telescopes, Chang, South China Morning Post, Guizhou, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Arecibo Observatory


The most detailed photo ever taken of a sunspot shows a dark patch bigger than Earth roiling for 10,000 miles

An image of a sunspot taken on January 28, 2020 by the NSF's Inouye Solar Telescope. NSO/AURA/NSF New images from the world's largest solar observatory show a sunspot in never-before-seen detail. An image and a sped-up video show powerful magnetic fields meeting hot gases boiling from below the sun's surface. The Inouye Solar Telescope could one day help scientists predict dangerous eruptions on the sun. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Stunning new imagery of an eno...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Sun, Solar System, Haleakala, Maui, Telescopes, National Science Foundation, NSF, Inouye, NSO, Daniel K Inouye, Tech Insider, Maui Hawai


When the Arecibo telescope collapsed, the world lost a powerful asteroid tracker and alien seeker

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico as seen before its collapse. NAIC Arecibo Observatory/NSF The Arecibo Telescope collapsed on Tuesday: Its 900-ton hanging platform crashed into its main dish. In its 57 years of radio astronomy, Arecibo tracked potentially hazardous asteroids, discovered the first exoplanet, and broadcast a message for aliens. The telescope even starred in a James Bond film and the movie "Contact." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the world's...
Tags: Science, News, Congress, China, US, West Virginia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Features, James Bond, Asteroids, American Museum of Natural History, Biden, Einstein, Venus


The Arecibo telescope tracked dangerous asteroids, broadcast to potential aliens, and starred in a Bond film. Here's what the world lost when it collapsed.

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico as seen before its collapse. NAIC Arecibo Observatory/NSF The Arecibo Telescope collapsed on Tuesday: Its 900-ton hanging platform crashed into its main dish. The disaster ended 57 years of historic radio astronomy. Arecibo tracked potentially hazardous asteroids, discovered the first exoplanet, and broadcast a message for aliens. The telescope even starred in a James Bond film and the movie "Contact." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more storie...
Tags: Science, News, Congress, China, US, West Virginia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Features, James Bond, Asteroids, American Museum of Natural History, Biden, Einstein, Venus


The Arecibo telescope's 900-ton platform has crashed into its disk below and destroyed the iconic radio observatory

The radio-antenna platform of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, as well as three support towers, is in danger of "catastrophic" collapse and falling into the facility's 1,000-foot-wide dish. NAIC Arecibo Observatory/NSF; Business Insider The Arecibo Observatory's iconic radio telescope collapsed Tuesday morning. The telescope's suspended platform, which weighed 900 tons, crashed into its bowl-shaped disk below. The tops of three support towers snapped off as the platform fell. Ar...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Congress, China, Virginia, US, West Virginia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, United States, Alien Life, Asteroids, American Museum of Natural History


Iconic Dish at Arecibo Observatory Has Collapsed

The 1,000-foot radio dish at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed, according to officials and local reports.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Disasters, Puerto Rico, Telescopes, Arecibo Observatory, Radio Astronomy, Arecibo Observatory Has Collapsed


Jupiter and Saturn are about to appear closer in the sky than they have for 800 years, aligning as a 'double planet'

A man with a telescope watches the night sky over the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in Los Angeles, California, on July 19, 2020. David McNew/Getty Jupiter and Saturn will align in the night sky on December 21. It'll be the closest they've appeared in 800 years. The two planets move into alignment, or conjunction, every 20 years. But this year, they will be so close that they'll look like a "double planet." The last time Saturn and Jupiter were both this close and visible was in ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Planets, Saturn, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Telescopes, Stellarium, Rice University, Los Angeles California, Houston Texas


The Arecibo radio telescope will be demolished

The National Science Foundation announced that it will decommission and demolish the iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. This comes after two cables suspending the telescope's 900-ton receiver platform above its massive dish broke while others are weakening. Completed in 1963, the Arecibo Observatory has been a key instrument in the development of radio astronomy. — Read the rest
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The iconic Arecibo telescope faces an imminent, catastrophic collapse. Engineers are now racing to deconstruct it.

The radio-antenna platform of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, as well as three support towers, could collapse catastrophically, falling into the facility's 1,000-foot-wide dish. NAIC Arecibo Observatory/NSF; Business Insider The Arecibo Observatory's iconic 1,000-foot radio telescope has been damaged beyond repair after two destructive cable breaks. If another cable fails, the telescope's 900-ton platform would crash into its disk and could pull down three towers with it. Engi...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, News, China, Virginia, US, West Virginia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, United States, Alien Life, Asteroids, Puerto Rico, Telescopes, National Science Foundation


Could a Gigantic Lunar Telescope Reveal the Very First Stars?

A team of astronomers is reviving an idea that NASA sidelined a decade ago, in which a huge observatory would be installed on the Moon. Dubbed the “Ultimately Large Telescope,” the facility would easily outperform every other telescope in its class and spot objects that are predicted by theory but have never been seen.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Moon, Cosmology, Telescopes, Ultimately Large Telescope


'This is not good': The Arecibo telescope just suffered even more damage that will set back searches for asteroids and aliens

A hole in the 1,000-foot-wide reflector dish of the Arecibo Observatory, torn when a cable fell on August 10, 2020. Arecibo Observatory The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope that hunts for hazardous asteroids and helps scientists search for alien life. It just suffered its second catastrophic cable break in just three months. In August, an auxiliary cable broke and tore a hole into the observatory's reflector dish. On Friday, a cable associated with the first one snapped and crashed...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Trends, Earth, James Bond, Alien Life, Asteroids, Maria, Puerto Rico, University Of Vermont, Telescopes, University of Central Florida, Irma, Observatory


A Distant Blue Star Hosts One of the Most Extreme Exoplanets Known to Science

The newly deployed CHEOPS space telescope has completed its first observations of an exoplanet, uncovering some fascinating new details about an ultra-hot Jupiter known as WASP-189b.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Jupiter, Exoplanets, Hot Jupiters, Planetary Science, Telescopes, CHEOPS


The world’s largest space camera’s first test subject? Broccoli.

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile is about to get the world's biggest camera for astronomy.The images the camera takes contain billions of pixels.It can capture objects 100 million times fainter than the human eye can see. This camera takes colossal digital pictures. It would take 378 4K ultra-high-definition televisions to display just one of them at full size. So what kind of test picture might one take with such a beast? Well, a head of broccoli, of course.The world's largest digital ca...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Technology, Chile, Innovation, Department Of Energy, Telescopes, SLAC, Boulder Colorado, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Cosmos, Hewett, Menlo Park New Jersey, Rubin Observatory, Vera C Rubin Observatory


Gigantic Camera Snaps First-Ever 3,200-Megapixel Digital Photos

Scientists from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have produced the world’s first 3,200-megapixel digital photos. The images were snapped by an oversized digital camera destined for the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile, in what is an early demonstration of this facility’s tremendous potential.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Cameras, Engineering, Chile, Telescopes, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Rubin Observatory, Vera C Rubin Observatory, Gigantic Camera Snaps First Ever, Megapixel Digital Photos


Startling, beautiful, and weird close-up images of our Sun

Using Europe's largest solar telescope, GREGOR, researchers captured these incredible images of details on the surface of the sun. Above is a sunspot while the image below "reveals intricate structures of solar magnetic fields." In this case, the smallest details are around 50 km, which compared to the sun's diameter of 1.4 million km, is pretty small. From the Leibniz-Institut fuer Sonnenphysik: This is as if one saw a needle on a soccer field perfectly sharp from a distance of one kilometer...
Tags: Europe, Post, Science, News, Spain, Astrophotography, Sun, Solar, Telescopes, Leibniz Institut, Lucia Kleint


Using Europe's largest solar telescope, GREGOR...

Using Europe's largest solar telescope, GREGOR, researchers captured these incredible images of details on the surface of the sun. Above is a sunspot while the image below "reveals intricate structures of solar magnetic fields." In this case, the smallest details are around 50 km, which compared to the sun's diameter of 1.4 million km, is pretty small. From the Leibniz-Institut fuer Sonnenphysik: This is as if one saw a needle on a soccer field perfectly sharp from a distance of one kilometer...
Tags: Europe, Post, Science, News, Spain, Astrophotography, Sun, Solar, Telescopes, Gregor, Leibniz Institut, Lucia Kleint


Damaged SETI Observatory Could Be Sidelined for Months

The iconic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was damaged last week when a large cable fell onto the radio telescope’s main reflector dish. We’re now learning more about this unfortunate incident, including how long it might take until the beleaguered observatory is back online.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Disasters, Seti, Puerto Rico, Telescopes, Arecibo Observatory, Radio Astronomy, Observatories, SETI Observatory Could Be Sidelined for Months


This Is the Best Spot on Earth for Stargazing—If You Can Handle It

Good news, everyone! Astronomers have pinpointed the best location on Earth for studying the stars. But if you’re an amateur astronomer hoping to take advantage of this astronomical sweet spot, you’ll have to bundle up, as it’s in the heart of Antarctica, one of the coldest places on the planet.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Antarctica, Telescopes, Antarctic Plateau, Dome A


Ask an astronomer: What makes neutron stars so special?

Being outside of Earth's atmosphere while also being able to look down on the planet is both a challenge and a unique benefit for astronauts conducting important and innovative experiments aboard the International Space Station.NASA astrophysicist Michelle Thaller explains why one such project, known as NICER (Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer), is "one of the most amazing discoveries of the last year." Researchers used x-ray light data from NICER to map the surface of neutrons (the spi...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Intelligence, Nasa, Earth, Computers, Innovation, Sun, Invention, Planets, Asteroid, Telescopes, Cosmos, Michelle Thaller, Rocket Science


How Self-Driving Telescopes Could Transform Astronomy

Astronomers and physicists continue to pursue the answers to the universe’s deepest questions, but on many matters, including dark matter and dark energy, they are stymied. What if an autonomously operating telescope, free from human biases and complications, could find the solutions we’ve been missing?Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Telescopes


Space exploration is the ultimate plan B. Here’s why.

Space exploration is more than just the ultimate adventure, our study and investigation of space yields great scientific rewards, says astronaut Garrett Reisman. Earth is wonderful, but it won't last forever, so it's important that we maintain a big picture view to ensure the survival of the human species. Exploring space is our ticket to "the ultimate plan B," according to Reisman. If there were to occur a mass extinction event on Earth, the humans that inhabit another planet in our solar syste...
Tags: Transportation, Astronomy, Space, Science, Technology, Climate Change, Animals, Sustainability, Nasa, Nature, Pollution, Moon, Innovation, Sun, Population, Universe


NASA released this astonishing image in celebration of Hubble's 30th anniversary

Thirty year ago today, the space shuttle Discovery carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, opening up a new vista on our place in the universe. In celebration of the anniversary, NASA released this astounding Hubble image of a region where stars are born in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest galaxies to our own at 163,000 light-years away. The image depicts a giant red nebula (NGC 2014) and a smaller blue nebula (NGC 2020). According to NASA, "the image is nicknamed the...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Hubble, Telescopes, NGC, Thomas Zurbuchen



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