News tagged with optical telescopes

The Webb Telescope's 'Golden Spider'

What looks like a giant golden spider weaving a web of cables and cords, is actually ground support equipment, including the Optical Telescope Simulator (OSIM), for the James Webb Space Telescope. OSIM's ...

Aug 24, 2012
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X-rays discovered from young supernova remnant

(Phys.org) -- Over fifty years ago, a supernova was discovered in M83, a spiral galaxy about 15 million light years from Earth. Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to make the first detection ...

Jul 31, 2012
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Image: Black hole caught in a stellar homicide

(Phys.org) -- This computer-simulated image shows gas from a star that is ripped apart by tidal forces as it falls into a black hole. Some of the gas also is being ejected at high speeds into space.

Jul 12, 2012
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Bringing telescope tech to X-ray lasers

(Phys.org) -- Technology that helps ground-based telescopes cut through the haze of Earth's atmosphere to get a clearer view of the heavens may also be used to collect better data at cutting-edge X-ray lasers ...

Jul 11, 2012
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Image: A supernova cocoon breakthrough

(Phys.org) -- Using observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers have obtained the first X-ray evidence of a supernova shock wave breaking through a cocoon of gas surrounding the star that ...

Jul 10, 2012
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Scanning Webb's surrogate eye

(Phys.org) -- Engineer Erin Wilson adds aluminum tape to electrical cables to protect them from the cold during environmental testing of special optical equipment. These tests will verify the alignment of ...

Jul 06, 2012
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Giant black hole kicked out of home galaxy

(Phys.org) -- Astronomers have found strong evidence that a massive black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at a speed of several million miles per hour. New observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray ...

Jun 04, 2012
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The anatomy of a stellar outflow

(Phys.org) -- Astronomers used to think that star formation simply involved the gradual coalescence of material under the influence of gravity. No longer. Making a new star is a complex process, among other ...

May 28, 2012
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