NASA’s NICER telescope sees hot spots merge on a magnetar

Journal Reference: George Younes, Samuel K Lander, Matthew G. Baring, Teruaki Enoto, Chryssa Kouveliotou, Zorawar Wadiasingh, Wynn C. G. Ho, Alice K. Harding, Zaven Arzoumanian, Keith Gendreau, Tolga Güver, Chin-Ping Hu, Christian Malacaria, Paul S. Ray, Tod E. Strohmayer. Pulse Peak Migration during the Outburst Decay of the Magnetar SGR 1830-0645: Crustal Motion and Magnetospheric … Read more

NASA’s Roman Mission could snap first image of a Jupiter-like world

Roman will use its Coronagraph Instrument — a system of masks, prisms, detectors, and even self-flexing mirrors built to block out the glare from distant stars and reveal the planets in orbit around them — to demonstrate that direct imaging technologies can perform even better in space than they have with ground-based telescopes. “We will … Read more

NASA’s Webb Telescope reaches major milestone as mirror unfolds

A joint effort with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Canadian Space Agency, the Webb mission will explore every phase of cosmic history — from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe. “Today, NASA achieved another engineering milestone decades in the making. While the journey is not complete, … Read more

Sunshield successfully deploys on NASA’s next flagship telescope

The sunshield — about the size of a tennis court at full size — was folded to fit inside the payload area of an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket’s nose cone prior to launch. The Webb team began remotely deploying the sunshield Dec. 28, 2021, three days after launch. “This is the first time anyone has … Read more