Observatories

A Very Rare Planet Discovered. Less Massive than Neptune, Hotter than Mercury. Very Few Should Exist

Astronomers have discovered a very rare, very unusual planet in a distant solar system. The planet, called NGTS-4b, is three…

1 year ago

Uh oh, Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 is Down

On January 8th, an important piece of equipment on the Hubble Space Telescope went down. The Wide Field Camera 3…

2 years ago

New SPECULOOS Telescope Sees First Light. Soon it’ll be Seeing Habitable Planets Around Ultra-Cool Stars

Our newest planet-hunting telescope is up and running at the ESO's Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile. SPECULOOS,…

2 years ago

Gravitational Waves Might be the Key to Finding Dark Matter

Exotic dark matter theories. Gravitational waves. Observatories in space. Giant black holes. Colliding galaxies. Lasers. If you're a fan of…

2 years ago

Sunspot Solar Observatory has been Shut Down by the FBI and Nobody’s Saying Why

The Sunspot Solar Observatory has been temporarily shut down and evacuated due to a security threat.

2 years ago

Astronomers Find The Most Distant Supernova Ever: 10.5 Billion Light-Years Away

Astronomers with the Dark Energy Survey have discovered the most distant and ancient supernova yet: a rare Super Luminous Supernova…

2 years ago

Witness The Power Of A Fully Operational ESPRESSO Instrument. Four Telescopes Acting As One

The ESO's ESPRESSO instrument is getting all four of the telescopes at the Very Large Telescope to play nicely together,…

2 years ago

The New Earth-Sized Planet Hunting Telescope ExTrA is Now Online

The Exoplanets in Transits and their Atmospheres (ExTrA), just went online and is now searching for exoplanets around red dwarf…

3 years ago

The Night Sky Magic of the Atacama

There's nothing an astronomer - whether professional or amateur - loves more than a clear dark night sky away from…

3 years ago

They Just Began Casting the Giant Magellan Telescope’s 5th Mirror. What a Monster Job.

The 5th of the Giant Magellan Telescope's 7 gigantic mirrors is being cast at the Caris Mirror Laboratory, as the…

3 years ago