News tagged with optical telescopes

Planet 'devoured in secret' by its own sun

(Phys.org)—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 ...

dateNov 21, 2012 in Astronomy
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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 ...

dateAug 24, 2012 in Space Exploration
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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 ...

dateJul 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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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 ...

dateJul 06, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Launch of NASA's nuSTAR mission postponed

(PhysOrg.com) -- The planned launch of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission has been postponed after a March 15 launch status meeting. The launch will be rescheduled to allow additional ...

dateMar 19, 2012 in Space Exploration
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