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New Images From Euclid Mission Reveal Wide View of the Dark Universe

Reported by NASA

With NASA contributions, the mission will complement dark energy studies to be made by the agency’s upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. The Euclid mission, led by ESA (the European Space Agency) with contributions from NASA, has released five new...
  • By: NASA
  • On: Thu, 23 May 2024 13:30 +0000

Webb Explains a Puffy Planet

Reported by Universe Today

I love the concept of a ‘puffy’ planet! The exoplanets discovered that fall into this category are typically the same size of Jupiter but 1/10th the mass! They tend to orbit their host star at close in orbits and are hot but one has been found that is ...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 23 May 2024 09:57 +0000

The Largest Camera Ever Built Arrives at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Reported by Universe Today

It’s been 20 years in the making, but a 3200-megapixel camera built especially for astrophysics discoveries has finally arrived at its home. The Legacy of Space and Time (LSST) camera was delivered to the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile in mid-May...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 23 May 2024 04:15 +0000

This is the Largest Planet-Forming Disk Ever Seen

Reported by Universe Today

Roughly 1,000 light-years from Earth, there is a cosmic structure known as IRAS 23077+6707 (IRAS 23077) that resembles a giant butterfly. Ciprian T. Berghea, an astronomer with the U.S. Naval Observatory, originally observed the structure in 2016 using the...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 23 May 2024 00:56 +0000

Maybe Ultra-Hot Jupiters Aren’t So Doomed After All

Reported by Universe Today

Ultra-hot Jupiters (UHJs) are some of the most fascinating astronomical objects in the cosmos, classified as having orbital periods of less than approximately 3 days with dayside temperatures exceeding 1,930 degrees Celsius (3,500 degrees Fahrenheit), as m...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Thu, 23 May 2024 00:31 +0000

Could Alien Solar Panels Be Technosignatures?

Reported by Universe Today

If alien technological civilizations exist, they almost certainly use solar energy. Along with wind, it’s the cleanest, most accessible form of energy, at least here on Earth. Driven by technological advances and mass production, solar energy on Eart...
  • By: Universe Today
  • On: Wed, 22 May 2024 21:10 +0000