Posts tagged as Hubble

Kilonova gravitational-wave captured

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event as two neutron stars merged in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130-million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. On 27 August 2017, the space agency’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful […]

Clues found to explain the formation of giant Black Holes

  Using combined data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the  Hubble Space Telescope, and Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes. “Our discovery, if confirmed, explains how these monster black holes were born,” said Fabio Pacucci of Scuola […]

James Webb telescope a successor to Hubble

  2018 will see another giant telescope venture into Space to study the solar system, enabling scientists understand more about its formation and how Earth became capable of supporting life. Named the James Webb Space Telescope, it will look across vast distances to find the earliest stars and galaxies and study the atmospheres of mysterious […]

Celestial fireworks celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary

  The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resembles a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary of the NASA Hubble space telescope image – commemorating a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on 24 April 1990. Hubble has completely transformed our view of the universe, revealing […]

Scientists are another step closer to figuring out dark matter

  “Dark matter is an enigma we have long sought to unravel,” said John Grunsfeld, assistant administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “With the combined capabilities of these great observatories, both in extended mission, we are ever closer to understanding this cosmic phenomenon.” Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray […]

Chandra X-ray observatory celebrates 15 years in space

  Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on 23 July  1999 Chandra has helped revolutionise the understanding of the universe through its unrivalled X-ray vision. Chandra, along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is specially designed to detect X-ray […]

Hubble peers at the heart of NGC 5793

  NGC 5793, a Seyfert galaxy, is of great interest to astronomers as it houses masers, which tell us a lot about their environment and supermassive black holes.  This new Hubble image is centred on NGC 5793, a spiral galaxy over 150-million light-years away in the constellation of Libra. This galaxy has two particularly striking […]