A Webb Telescope image is being used to push malware

One of the first images taken by the James Webb Telescope that was released by NASA was the "sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date." It's a wondrous photo showing a detailed cluster of galaxies. It's also currently being used by bad actors to infect systems with malware. Security analytics platform Securonix has […]

Russia lost control of an orbiting radio telescope

Russia’s astronomy program is facing a significant setback. The country’s orbital Spektr-R radio telescope has stopped responding to commands since January 11th. While it’s still transmitting signals, the satellite effectively can’t be used for future tasks in its current state. The space agency Roscosmos said it would next try to regain control and fix issues […]

NASA’s Chandra telescope follows Hubble into a shutdown

NASA sure hasn’t been having a great time with its telescopes. The Chandra X-ray Observatory has gone into safe mode and halted all its science operations a few days after Hubble shut down due a gyroscope failure. According to the agency, Chandra’s transition into safe mode was possibly triggered by an issue that also has […]

Hubble Space Telescope taken offline after gyroscope failure

Enlarge / In 1990, Hubble leaves the safety of the space shuttle to begin its service. (credit: NASA) NASA placed its venerable Hubble Space Telescope into a “safe mode” on Friday evening because of gyroscope problems, the space agency confirmed Monday. Although science operations are expected to resume fairly soon, the current issues raise concerns […]

Earth-based telescope takes super-sharp image of Neptune (PHOTOS)

An incredible super-sharp image of planet Neptune has shown just how far earthbound telescope technology has come, producing an image quality that rivals that of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The crisp, clear photo was made possible because of a new system of lasers installed in the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), located […]

Ultra-sensitive radio telescope debuts in South Africa

Another piece of the Square Kilometer Array’s puzzle just fell into place. South Africa has officially switched on MeerKAT, billed as the most sensitive radio telescope of its type on the planet. Some parts of the array have been gathering data, but it’s now nearly ready to use interferometry from all 64 dishes to map […]

SpaceX is about to launch NASA’s revolutionary planet-hunting telescope — here’s how and when to watch it live

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’s new planet-hunting telescope is scheduled to launch Monday aboard a SpaceX rocket. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) may find thousands of worlds relatively close to Earth. Scientists hope to discover about 50 small, rocky planets that may be habitable to alien life. SpaceX and NASA TV will broadcast […]

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler telescope is running out of fuel

NASA’S Kepler telescope is running out of fuel and will shut down within several months, according to the agency. The groundbreaking space observatory has discovered more than 2,300 planets. After nine years in flight around Earth’s orbit, the telescope has defied the limits of the original mission plan and survived every mechanical malfunction, beaming back […]