December 20, 2014

20.02.11: A Snapshot of a Primordial Galaxy.

A pale blue smudge…(Credit: NASA/ESA/Garth Illingworth (UC Santa Cruz)/Rychard Bouwens (UC Santa Cruz and Leiden University)/the HUDF09 Team).

When it comes to the Hubble Space Telescope, the hits just keep on a’ comin’… earlier this year, researchers pushed the refurbished telescope to its limits, revealing what may prove to be most distant galaxy (or indeed object) yet seen. At 13.2 light years distant, the smudge pictured above would have been from a time when the universe was only about 500 million years old. [Read more...]

Review: Hubble 3D IMAX.

Experience Hubble the IMAX way!

Experience Hubble the IMAX way!

 

   After much anticipation, we finally had a chance to make the pilgrimage to the Kennedy Space Center earlier this week to catch the IMAX film Hubble: 3D! All we’ve got to say is…wow! This is definitely one not to miss. Hubble 3D  takes you from the launch pad to on-orbit repairs following the crew of STS-125 as they train for a mission that almost never was. But the film is more than simply a tale of a telescope; Hubble 3D is no less than a testament to mans quest for understanding in the universe. Some of the 3-Dimensional fly-arounds were particularly captivating; I felt as if I could reach out and touch some of those proto-solar cocoons in M42 as we dived in! [Read more...]

April 2010: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

The Moon and Pleiades as seen recently from Astroguyz HQ! (Photo by Author).

The Moon and Pleiades as seen recently from Astroguyz HQ! (Photo by Author).

 

Spring is now in full swing in the northern hemisphere, as the nights draw shorter and the climes hopefully warmer. Here is a brief rundown of all-things-Astroguyz in the coming month as we delve into the perpetual quest for the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything astronomy related;   [Read more...]

29.9.9:Hubble Spies a Galactic Jet.

A fast moving jet from the core of M87. (Credit: NASA/HST).

A fast moving jet from the core of M87. (Credit: NASA/HST).

The formerly ailing Hubble Space Telescope spied something remarkable earlier this year; a rapidly expanding jet around the massive galaxy M87. Dubbed HST-1, this blob of matter is the first object with a Hubble designation, and has been tracked for over seven years. Brighter than the galaxies’ own core, the gas knot is 214 light years from the core and receding. M87 is visible in the constellation Virgo with a backyard telescope, and is part of the massive Virgo cluster of galaxies about 54 million light years away. The growth of the brightness of the jet expanded by 90 fold over the past decade, giving astronomers the opportunity to examine an active galactic nucleus in action. As the refurbished Hubble begins to strut its stuff, doubtless HST-1 will be an object of increased scrutiny!

TopStars and the Hubble Space Telescope Heritage.

Top Stars.

Top Stars banner. (Credit:NASA/The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies).

Now that the final servicing mission to the Hubble is winding down, it’s an excellent chance to reflect on the heritage of the Space Telescope, as well as announce an exciting program connected to the Hubble starting this year.

I first heard about the Hubble Top Stars program through Western Governors’ University (WGU rocks!) where I’m currently enrolled in my quest for a Bachelor’s Science Teaching degree. Top Stars is run by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and is sponsored by NASA. Top Stars is looking for submissions on the best examples of using Hubble for inspiring science, technology, or engineering in education. The winners will receive a high quality Hubble print, official recognition and teleconferencing opportunities with NASA engineers. [Read more...]