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NIST’s Light-Sensing Camera May Help Detect Extraterrestrial Life, Dark Matter

November 20, 2019

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made one of the highest-performance cameras ever…
Place in US where even WiFi is illegal

October 29, 2019

Green Bank is a small town in West Virginia, USA. It is a fairly quiet place. Population of…
WFIRST Space Telescope Fitted for ‘Starglasses’

September 25, 2019

When a new NASA space telescope opens its eyes in the mid-2020s, it will peer at the universe…
World’s largest optical lens shipped to SLAC

September 13, 2019

When the world’s newest telescope starts imaging the southern sky in 2023, it will take photos using optical…
Brookhaven Completes LSST’s Digital Sensor Array

August 23, 2019

Brookhaven National Lab has finished constructing the 3.2 gigapixel “digital film” for the world’s largest camera for cosmology,…
First-of-its-kind telescope for gamma-ray astronomy

February 4, 2019

The worldwide Cherenkov Telescope Array project aims to construct the world’s largest and most sensitive ground-based, gamma-ray observatory, with 118…
Guide star leads to sharper astronomical images

December 6, 2018

The laser guide star revolutionized astronomy by revealing large swaths of the sky that had previously been unseen…
Q&A: Finding Earth-like exoplanets requires new space telescopes

October 31, 2018

A new type of space telescope could help find life on other planets or discover other solar systems…
5,000 Robots Merge to Map the Universe in 3D (Video)

October 17, 2018

How do you create the largest 3D map of the universe? It’s as easy as teaching 5,000 robots…
History of Airborne Astronomy at NASA

September 26, 2018

Sixty years ago, in 1958, NASA was founded as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The agency has…
How Next-Gen Ground-Based Super-Telescopes will Directly Observe Exoplanets

September 3, 2018

Over the past few decades, the number of extra-solar planets that have been detected and confirmed has grown…
The Kiso Observatory: Sweeping the Sky

August 10, 2018

The Kiso Observatory, where we base our research, is the only astronomical observatory owned by the University of…
Supersharp Images from New VLT Adaptive Optics

July 20, 2018

The MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) works with an adaptive optics…
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to Target Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

June 26, 2018

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the most ambitious and complex space observatory ever built, will use its unparalleled…
Prototype camera set for integration into novel gamma-ray telescope

May 8, 2018

A unique high-speed camera, designed to capture the fleeting effects of gamma rays crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere,…
UA Leads Project on Big Data and Black Holes

February 22, 2018

Chi-Kwan Chan waves his hand a few inches above a matchbox-size device. On a dark computer monitor, a…
A new ‘atmospheric disequilibrium’ could help detect life on other planets

January 29, 2018

As NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and other new giant telescopes come online they will need novel strategies…
The New Earth-Sized Planet Hunting Telescope ExTrA is Now Online

January 26, 2018

Ever since the Kepler space telescope began discovering thousands of exoplanets in our galaxy, astronomers have been eagerly…
Upcoming Telescopes Should be Able to Detect Mountains and Other Landscapes on Extrasolar Planets

January 23, 2018

The study of exoplanets has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past few decades. Between ground-based observatories…
JPL Deploys a CubeSat for Astronomy

December 8, 2017

Tiny satellites called CubeSats have attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Besides allowing researchers to test…
First Light for ESPRESSO — the Next Generation Planet Hunter

December 6, 2017

ESPRESSO has achieved first light on ESO’s Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile [1].…
Berkeley astronomers selected to take new space telescope for a spin

November 22, 2017

Two UC Berkeley astronomers are eagerly awaiting the spring 2019 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, having been…
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Completes Final Cryogenic Testing

November 21, 2017

The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed…
With launch of new night sky survey, researchers ready for era of ‘big data’ astronomy

November 15, 2017

The first astronomers had a limited toolkit: their eyes. They could only observe those stars, planets and celestial…
Using powerful new telescope astronomers observe one of the oldest objects in the universe

November 14, 2017

Astronomers using the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), which is operated jointly by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and…
NASA’s Webbcam Shows Webb Telescope Chilling in Chamber A

July 28, 2017

The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is steadily dropping, creating a frigid…
NASA’s Webb Telescope ‘Hangs Out’ in Houston

July 11, 2017

Houston might have a high of 95 degrees Fahrenheit this week, but NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will…
NASA’s Webb Telescope Gets Freezing Summertime Lodging in Houston

June 23, 2017

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was placed in Johnson Space Center’s historic Chamber A on June 20, 2017,…
NASA Team Takes on a New Optical Challenge — the Lyman Alpha Limit

May 31, 2017

NASA technologists produced telescope mirrors with the highest reflectance ever reported in the far-ultraviolet spectral range. Now, they’re…
Secondary Mirror of ELT Successfully Cast

May 24, 2017

Largest convex mirror blank ever created ESO’s 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) will be the largest telescope of…
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