In our second collection of some of the greatest images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, images include stars, galaxies, nebula,...
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Private company Planetary Resource is trying to collect $2 million through crowdfunding to help build a space telescope which will be accessible to the public.
NASA has released the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), the deepest-ever shot of the universe, composed of 10 years of photos from the Hubble Space Telescope.
I have a special affinity for the Hubble Space Telescope. Run by the Space Telescope Science Institute on the Johns Hopkins University campus and developed in part by scientists at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Hubble is closely tied to my alma mater.
At Macworld 2010 in San Francisco, Tim DeBenedictis, product architect of Carina Software, unveils the company's SkyVoyager iPhone app, which enables users to find stars, clusters, and galaxies in the night sky. He also demos SkyFi, a device that offers users the ability to use their iPhone as a telescope controller.
The five planets, which Nasa describes as 'very hot' and 'inhospitable', were discovered via the Kepler space telescope
Display stunning images of deep space as your screensaver: nebulae, galaxies, planets, moons, the Space Shuttle, and more. Includes...
A true landmark in Twitter PR: Astronaut Mike Massimino has delivered two tweets from space back to all of us on planet Earth. He's not floating in a tin can, though; he's getting ready to work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
U.S. astronomers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have used adaptive optics (AO) on the 10-meter Keck Telescope in Hawaii in conjunction with other images provided by the Hubble Space Telescope to look inside a young star-forming galaxy as it appeared only two billion years after the Big Bang. The team made their observations by coupling two techniques, gravitational lensing and laser-assisted guide star (LGS) adaptive optics. 'Adaptive optics corrects the blurring effects of Earth's atmosphere by real-time monitoring of the signal from a natural guide star or an artificial guide star.' But read more...
An international team of scientists has found a strange ring around a dead star by using images taken by NASA's Spitzer space telescope. This star, called SGR 1900+14, belongs to a class of objects known as magnetars. According to NASA, a magnetar is 'a highly magnetized neutron star and the remnant of a brilliant supernova explosion signaling the death throes of a massive star.' So far, about a dozen magnetars have been found. An amazing thing about these stellar objects is their magnetic field. One of the researchers said that 'magnetars possess magnetic fields a million billion times stronger than the magnetic field of the Earth.' But read more...
Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope, a virtual map of outer space, is within months of its public debut. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi talks with the space exploration program's founder, Curtis Wong, and shares video of what these celestial tours will look like.
Computer scientists at the University of Toronto (U of T) have teamed up with astronomers at New York University on an ambitious project. You can send them a picture of the sky above your head and their special software will identify the stars that are in the image. In other words, their computer program will make night sky searchable. The team is organizing and mixing images coming from astronomical databases with images coming from 'all kinds of cameras, amateur telescopes, large ground-based telescopes, and space telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope.' This specialized search engine is still in beta-version, but is available to both professional and amateur astronomers.
In case you don't remember, the Webb Space Telescope will replace Hubble, probably after 2011, and should be able to catch phenomena which happened 13.5 billion light-years ago. At these distances, the instruments onboard will need to be more precise than ever. This is why NASA has developed a new technology based on microshutters for a better focus of distant galaxies. These arrays of microshutters, composed of more than 62,000 individual shutters measuring 100 by 200 microns, will allow scientists to systematically block out light that they do not want, allowing the large-format detector to measure infrared spectra optimally.
Big Blue wins contract to supply development tools for the 200,000 lines of C++ code NASA needs to run the telescope.Photos: Hubble's replacement to probe the past
In a letter to Nature, an international team of researchers reveals it has produced the first 3D picture of dark matter. This map has been created by combining hundreds of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope for the Cosmic Evolution Survey (COSMOS). As the cosmologists were expecting, this map, which represents about half a million distant galaxies, shows that dark matter forms a kind of skeleton which can attract baryonic particles -- such as protons and neutrons -- to produce stars and galaxies. But this is not always the case, and the researchers are now working to find the origin of these discrepancies.
Google has joined the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project that will one day give users the experience of navigating through space -- similar to what they have already done with Google Earth.
Many of us at CNET do double duty by scouting the galaxy for aliens--usually while we're at lunch. The SETI@Home screensaver, which analyzes radio telescope data from Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, works using distributed computing, harnessing the power of thousands of computers to crunch reams of data. Now, however, other companies are fighting for space on our hard drives. And, predictably, they're trying to make a buck in the process. In this week's Insider, editor Steve Fox alerts us to some of the more uncharitable aspects of the emerging distributed-computing trend.