Ten Incredible Pictures That Showcase Astronomy’s Future (Synopsis)

“With the Hubble telescope and all the other things that are out there, I believe something would have come through. Today, I really believe we are unique.” -Mark Goddard Want to identify where stars are forming (or about to form) in the Universe? We’ve got no problem using visible light, which reveals unambiguous signatures associated … Read moreTen Incredible Pictures That Showcase Astronomy’s Future (Synopsis)

Universe’s largest structure caught in the act of forming (Synopsis)

“On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant, yet this brief period when we appear in the world is the time in which all meaningful questions arise.” -Paul Ricoeur When it comes to the largest bound cosmic structures, it doesn’t get any bigger than galaxy clusters. Unless, that it, you consider when multiple galaxy clusters … Read moreUniverse’s largest structure caught in the act of forming (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: What Surprises Might NASA’s Future Space Telescopes Discover? (Synopsis)

“For the first time we can learn about individual stars from near the beginning of time. There are surely many more out there.” -Neil Gehrels We know what NASA’s James Webb and WFIRST are designed for, and we know what we expect to find. James Webb will be the largest space telescope ever, focused mostly … Read moreAsk Ethan: What Surprises Might NASA’s Future Space Telescopes Discover? (Synopsis)

How NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Will Answer Astronomy’s Biggest Questions (Synopsis)

“The [James Webb] telescope is basically designed to answer the big questions in astronomy, the questions Hubble can’t answer.” -Amber Straughn Have you ever asked the biggest questions in the Universe? Questions like how the Universe came to be the way it is today? How the first stars and galaxies — the first light — … Read moreHow NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Will Answer Astronomy’s Biggest Questions (Synopsis)

Faintest galaxies ever seen explain the ‘missing link’ in the Universe (Synopsis)

“The problem is, you’re trying to find these really faint things, but you’re looking behind these really bright things. The brightest galaxies in the universe are in clusters, and those cluster galaxies are blocking the background galaxies we’re trying to observe.” -Rachael Livermore One of the biggest puzzles in science is exactly how the Universe … Read moreFaintest galaxies ever seen explain the ‘missing link’ in the Universe (Synopsis)

The first galaxies: what we know and what we still need to learn (Synopsis)

“For the first time we can learn about individual stars from near the beginning of time. There are surely many more out there.” -Neil Gehrels We’ve come incredibly far in our quest to learn how the Universe came to be the way it is today. We can see out in space for tens of billions … Read moreThe first galaxies: what we know and what we still need to learn (Synopsis)

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Building The Greatest Space Telescope Of All (Synopsis)

“One way or another the first stars must have influenced our own history, beginning with stirring up everything and producing the other chemical elements besides hydrogen and helium. So if we really want to know where our atoms came from, and how the little planet Earth came to be capable of supporting life, we need … Read moreA Behind-The-Scenes Look At Building The Greatest Space Telescope Of All (Synopsis)

Prediction of merging stars may solve one of Hubble’s greatest mysteries (Synopsis)

“We have chased away the clouds, the sky is all ‘rose.’” -Francois Hollande When you have a light curve with two different large, periodic dips in it, a binary star system is the likeliest explanation. The stars eclipse, and in the case where they’re so close their envelopes touch, they’re known as contact binaries. That, … Read morePrediction of merging stars may solve one of Hubble’s greatest mysteries (Synopsis)

How the Hubble Space Telescope changed the Universe (Synopsis)

“The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.” -Edwin Hubble Over its more than 25 year lifetime, the Hubble Space Telescope has shown us what the Universe truly looks like. It’s done so in a myriad of ways, from planets to stars – dying and forming – to galaxies to gravity’s effects to … Read moreHow the Hubble Space Telescope changed the Universe (Synopsis)