Observatories

James Webb Space Telescope’s Giant Sunshield Test Unit Unfurled First Time

by Ken Kremer July 26, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, MD – The huge Sunshield test unit for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been successfully unfurled for the first time in a key milestone ahead of the launch scheduled for October 2018. Engineers stacked and […]

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Having Fun with the Equation of Time

by David Dickinson July 25, 2014

If you’re like us, you might’ve looked at a globe of the Earth in elementary school long before the days of Google Earth and wondered just what that strange looking figure eight thing on its side was. Remove this ad David Dickinson on Google+

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Stunning Amateur Timelapse of Jupiter ‘Re-enacts’ Voyager Flyby

by Nancy Atkinson June 17, 2014

Back in the 1970′s when NASA launched the two Voyager spacecraft to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, I remember being mesmerized by a movie created from Voyager 1 images of the movement of the clouds in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Voyager 1 began taking pictures of Jupiter as it approached the planet in January 1979 and completed […]

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An Astronomical Eloping: How Rare is a “Friday the 13th Honey Moon?”

by David Dickinson June 11, 2014

Ah, Friday the 13th. Whether you fear it or it’s just your favorite slasher flick, it’s coming right around the bend later this week. And while it’s pretty much a non-event as far as astronomy is concerned, there’s bound to be some woo in the works, because the June Full Moon — dubbed the “Honey […]

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Discovered: Two New Planets for Kapteyn’s Star

by David Dickinson June 4, 2014

The exoplanet discoveries have been coming fast and furious this week, as astronomers announced a new set of curious worlds this past Monday at the ongoing American Astronomical Society’s 224th Meeting being held in Boston, Massachusetts. Now, chalk up two more worlds for a famous red dwarf star in our own galactic neck of the […]

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