Thursday, July 29

Telescopes

Astronomy, Exoplanets, Moons, Planetary Science, Science, Space, Star systems, Stars, Telescopes

Astronomers spotted a distant planet in the middle of making its own moon

Astronomers have captured a distant planet adorned with a moon-making disc for the first time. The planet has captured enough gas and dust in its orbit to make three moons the size of Earth's. By studying this world and its star, astronomers can learn more about how planets and moons are born. LoadingSomething is loading. For the first time, as...
Astronomy, Galaxies, hubble, Hubble Space Telescope, jupiter, NASA, Science, Space, Tech Insider, Telescopes

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope photographed colliding galaxies after recovering from a month-long mystery glitch

LoadingSomething is loading. The Hubble Space Telescope is back, and NASA has the pictures to prove it.The Earth-orbiting observatory went offline on June 13 and stayed that way for more than a month while engineers struggled to identify a mysterious glitch. NASA still hasn't announced what exactly caused the problem, but the agency's engineers managed to br...
Astronomy, hubble, Hubble Space Telescope, NASA, Science, Space, Tech Insider, Telescopes

NASA is about to switch its Hubble Space Telescope to backup hardware — a’risky’ maneuver to save its life

After a month of head-scratching, NASA engineers finally think they've identified the glitch that took out the world's most powerful space telescope more than a month ago.The Hubble Space Telescope, which launched into orbit in 1990, has captured images of the births and deaths of stars, discovered new moons around Pluto, and tracked two interstellar objects as they zipped through our solar system. Its observations have allowed astronomers to calculate the age and expansion of the universe and to peer at galaxies formed shortly after the Big Bang.But the telescope has been offline since June 13, when one of its main computers stopped working. NASA engineers have spent the last month running diagnostic tests and analyzing data...
Astronomy, Hubble Space Telescope, NASA, Science, Space, Tech Insider, Telescopes

Even the Hubble Space Telescope’s backup computer is glitching now — raising new questions about what’s gone wrong

LoadingSomething is loading. NASA has been trying to figure out what's wrong with the Hubble Space Telescope for nearly two weeks, but the mystery just deepened.Hubble, which launched into orbit in 1990, is the world's most powerful space telescope. It has captured images of the births and deaths of stars, discovered new moons around Pluto, and tracked two interstellar objects as th...
Astronauts, Computers, hardware, Hubble Space Telescope, NASA, Orbit, Science, Space, Tech Insider, Telescopes, Universe

To fix the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA may have to rely on a computer that hasn’t turned on since 2009

NASA is still trying to diagnose a computer glitch on its prized Hubble Space Telescope. After three failed attempts to fix Hubble, NASA has narrowed it down to a computer-processing issue. Hubble may have to switch to backup computer hardware that hasn't been powered up since 2009. LoadingSomething is loading. ...