News tagged with optical telescopes

An image gallery gift from Swift satellite

(—Of the three telescopes carried by NASA's Swift satellite, only one captures cosmic light at energies similar to those seen by the human eye. Although small by the standards of ground-based observatories, Swift's ...

dateDec 28, 2012 in Astronomy
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Powerful supercomputer makes ALMA a telescope

(—One of the most powerful calculating machines known to the civilian world has been installed and tested in a remote, high-altitude site in the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, marking one of the major remaining ...

dateDec 21, 2012 in Astronomy
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How white dwarfs mimic black holes

(—A remarkable observation by astronomers from the University of Southampton has been published in one of the world's foremost astrophysics research journals.

dateDec 17, 2012 in Astronomy
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Highly inflated Jupiters

There are currently 851 confirmed extra-solar planets. Of these, 289 were detected because their orbits (as seen from Earth) take them across the face of their host star, dimming the star's light in a transit event. The Kepler ...

dateDec 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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Dust grains highlight the path to planet formation

(—An international team of researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japanese universities of Kobe, Hyogo, and Saitama used the Subaru Telescope to capture a clear image of ...

dateNov 28, 2012 in Astronomy
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Planet 'devoured in secret' by its own sun

(—A planet roughly 1.4 times the size of Jupiter is being consumed by its own star behind a shroud thanks to a magnesium veil absorbing all of certain light wavelengths, according to new observations by the Hubble ...

dateNov 21, 2012 in Astronomy
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