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JWST Sees Four Exoplanets in a Single System

When the JWST activated its penetrating infrared eyes in July 2022, it faced a massive wish-list of targets compiled by…

4 months ago

Planning is Underway for NASA’s Next Big Flagship Space Telescope

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has only been operational for just over a year, but this isn’t stopping the…

6 months ago

A Last-Minute Addition to the Solar Orbiter Allows it to See More Deeply into the Sun’s Atmosphere

Spacecraft instruments are highly specialized and can take years to design, build, and test. But a last-minute hack to one…

6 months ago

It’s Already Hard Enough to Block a Single Star’s Light to See its Planets. But Binary Stars? Yikes

Detecting exoplanets was frontier science not long ago. But now we've found over 5,000 of them, and we expect to…

1 year ago

By Blocking the Light From a Star, Webb Reveals the Dusty Disk Surrounding It

AU Microscopii is a small red dwarf star about 32 light-years away. It's far too dim for the unaided human…

1 year ago

Dust Might Reveal the Presence of Habitable Planets

NASA's next great space telescope should launch no later than 2027. The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is a powerful…

2 years ago

Modern Solar Eclipse Science: Huge Coronal Mass Ejection Caught in Action

There’s an old adage that says there is ‘nothing new under the Sun…’ but that doesn’t apply when it comes…

3 years ago

There are Natural Starshades Out There, Which Would Help Astronomers Image Exoplanets

A new study by an international team of astronomers has shown that eclipsing binary stars could act as a natural…

4 years ago

WFIRST Gets its Coronagraph, to Block the Light of Stars and Reveal Their Planets

The coronagraph instrument, which will help NASA's WFIRST mission to search for exoplanets, just passed a major milestone!

4 years ago

Rise Of The Super Telescopes: The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

When the WFIRST observatory comes online in the mid 2020s, it will take images 100 times larger than the Hubble.

7 years ago