James Webb telescope will soon study two Super-Earths in the Milky Way

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, BGR may receive an affiliate commission. NASA’s James Webb space telescope is almost ready to get to work. The telescope’s mirrors are perfectly aligned. The team is currently finishing up the final calibrations of the spacecraft’s various instruments. Once that … Read more

Astronomers will train James Webb Telescope’s high-precision spectrographs on two intriguing rocky exoplanets

Illustration of exoplanet 55 Cancri e, a rocky planet with a diameter almost twice that of Earth orbiting just 0.015 astronomical units from its Sun-like star. Because of its tight orbit, the planet is extremely hot, with dayside temperatures reaching 4,400 degrees Fahrenheit (about 2,400 degrees Celsius). Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, Dani Player (STScI) With … Read more

NASA James Webb Target Acquired: A Super-Earth Covered in Lava Oceans

what’s happening The new James Webb Space Telescope is on the cusp of full operation, and NASA just shared some potential discovery targets for the multi-billion dollar machine. why it matters This space-based telescope is going to deliver unprecedented views of distant objects, giving scientists new data and new images that will reshape our understanding … Read more

Thrilling New Video Shows Ingenuity Helicopter’s Record-Breaking Flight Over Mars

Hold on to your hats as the Mars helicopter takes us on another ride over the Red Planet. NASA released new footage of the Ingenuity helicopter’s 25th flight, revealing the tiny rotorcraft’s longest and fastest excursion yet. On April 18, NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity covered a distance of 2,310 feet (704 meters) at a speed … Read more

A potential new meteor shower from shattered comet has scientists excited

This Memorial Day weekend, Earthlings — especially those in North America — might be treated to the sight of a new meteor shower. those meteor could flare up when our planet passes through the pieces of a disintegrating comet called Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (SW3). It isn’t just an exciting opportunity for skywatchers; comet scientists eagerly anticipate … Read more

Ancient Moon Volcanoes May Supply Future Astronauts With Drinking Water and Rocket Fuel

The moon’s Orientale Basin as seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA GSFC Billions of years ago, a series of volcanic eruptions raging on the moon, blanketing hundreds of thousands of square miles of the orb’s surface in hot lava. Over the eons, that lava created the dark blotches, or maria, that give the … Read more

May’s possible meteor outburst offers chance to listen to ‘shooting stars’ on the radio

“Shooting stars” from the tau Herculids meteor shower may be visible late this month, but you might want to listen for them instead. Excitement among meteor enthusiasts is building as we get closer to the much-anticipated meteor outburst that might be produced by a concentrated trail of dusty debris from the nucleus of comet Schwassmann-Wachmann … Read more

The Source of Water Ice on The Moon Could Be Traced to a Seemingly Unlikely Source

There’s not a lot, comparatively, going on at the Moon. There’s dust. There’s rock. There’s basalt plains, the product of extensive volcanism over much of the Moon’s history. And, as we have recently discovered, there’s water. Lots of water. Bound up in the lunar regolith. Trapped in volcanic glass. Possibly even in sheets of ice … Read more