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Gamma Rays Detected Coming From the Crab Nebula

Most people with any interest in astronomy know about the Crab Nebula. It's a supernova remnant in the constellation Taurus,…

1 month ago

WFIRST Will be Named After Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s First Chief Astronomer

In honor of NASA's first Chief Astronomer and the "mother of Hubble," the WFIRST has been officially named the Nancy…

2 months ago

James Webb is Fully Stowed Into its Launch Configuration

We're inching closer and closer to the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) launch date of March 30th, 2021, (or maybe…

2 months ago

Japan Suspends its Funding for the 30-Meter Telescope

Japan has suspended its funding contribution to the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in Hawaii. An international consortium is behind…

4 months ago

WFIRST Passes an Important Milestone, it’s Time to Begin Development and Testing

Soon, astronomers and astrophysicists will have more observing power than they know what to do with. Not only will the…

4 months ago

China’s 500-Meter FAST Radio Telescope is Now Operational

The world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope is officially open for business according to Xinhua, China's official state-run media.…

6 months ago

James Webb Tests its Sun-Shield. So Far, So Good.

Rigorous testing is at the heart of any successful space mission. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be a…

9 months ago

China’s FAST Telescope, the World’s Largest Single Radio Dish Telescope, is Now Fully Operational

After years of construction, China's new radio telescope is in action. The telescope, called FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope)…

10 months ago

Great News! The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Might be Named for Vera Rubin

The U.S. House of Representatives have passed a bill to change the name of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST.)…

12 months ago

New Instrument is Searching for Planets Around Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to us, at 4.37 light-years (about 25 trillion miles) away. In 2016, astronomers…

1 year ago