Telescopes

Two Stars, Three Dimensions, And Oodles Of Energy

September 18, 2017 – For decades, astronomers have known about irregular outbursts from the double star system V745 Sco, which is located about 25,000 light years from Earth. Astronomers were caught by surprise when previous outbursts from this system were…

Hubble Observes Pitch Black Planet

September 14, 2017 – Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition of the planet and also refutes previous hypotheses about…

Kepler/K2 Mission Continues Sky Observation

September 1, 2017 – Now in the fifteenth observing campaign of its K2 extended mission, the Kepler Space Telescope is studying more than 23,000 objects located in the direction of the constellation Scorpius. The cartoon illustrates some of the objects…