James Webb Space Telescope Mirror Assembled

James Webb Space Telescope Mirror Assembled

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 saw the last mirror segment of the primary mirror on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) installed. This marks a huge milestone on the journey to build the most powerful space telescope ever built. The telescope that will be t...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:35:48 EST

Evidence for the Existance of Planet Nine

Evidence for the Existance of Planet Nine

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January 2016 brought a very compelling announcement that blasted through the astronomy community. Evidence has been discovered for a ninth planet in the Solar System. Though no direct discovery of the object has been made, the evidence for the existence of...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:04:32 EST

Photo: M13 - The Hercules Cluster

Photo: M13 - The Hercules Cluster

From Gallery: Globular Clusters

The Hercules Cluster (M13) is a huge globular cluster found in the constellation Hercules. Measuring about 145 light years in diameter, M13 is comprised of over 300,000 stars. Residing at a distance of about 25,000 light years, M13 is a relatively close gl...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:57:41 EST

Photo: 2016 Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radiant

Photo: 2016 Quadrantid Meteor Shower Radiant

From Gallery: Meteor Shots

This is a composite of 11 meteors captured during the 2016 Quadrantid Meteor Shower. Though hampered by the 28% waning crescent Moon, this years Quadrantids were fabulous! I counted 92 meteors over Frosty Drew. The 25ยบ temps were significantly warmer than...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 17:53:26 EST

2015 - A Fabulous Year for Science

2015 - A Fabulous Year for Science

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

As 2015 comes to a close, reflections on the past year become quite frequent over the course of my day. Though every year always feels like a year of amazing scientific achievements, I think 2015 may actually stand out a bit. As usual so many awesome thing...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:56:54 EST