Double the James Webb Space Telescope Mirror With SpaceX Starship Telescope

Felix Schlang at What About It?, ercxspace on twitter and adonaisf have rendered a space telescope built inside the structure of a SpaceX Starship. Elon Musk has said SpaceX is working on designing a Space Telescope built into a Starship. The Hubble space telescope mirror is 2.4 meters across. The James Webb Space Telescope’s primary …

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Maximizing Swarms of Interstellar Laser Pushed Gram Spacecraft Missions

Tiny gram-scale interstellar probes pushed by laser light are likely to be the only technology capable of reaching another star this century and a NASA NIAC phase 1 study wants to work out the additional issues to coordinate several thousands one gram solar sails into a coordinated mission that can communicate back to Earth from …

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Hypertelescopes on the Moon Can Have Better than 1 Microarcsecond Resolution

Nextbigfuture commenter, Goat Guy, verified the resolution of very large hypertelescopes and optical interferometers. The highest angular resolutions for telescopes can be achieved by arrays of telescopes called astronomical interferometers. Hypertelescopes are being worked on that would combine many, many telescopes into very large arrays of tens, hundreds and even space based arrays of one …

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Biomarkers of Microbial Life Detected on Neptune Sized Water World

NASA’s James Web found trace of dimythyl suflide (DMS) in th atmosphere of exoplanet K2-18b and DMS is a biomarker of life. K2-18b’s atmosphere consists of mainly hydrogen, along with small amounts of methane and carbon dioxide. On Earth, the DMS molecule is only associated with microbial life. We have to wait for the existence …

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James Webb Telescope Sees Exoplanet Might Have Be covered With a Liquid Water Ocean

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope observed K2-18 b whic an exoplanet 8.6 times as massive as Earth. It is showing the presence of carbon-bearing molecules including methane and carbon dioxide. Webb’s discovery adds to recent studies suggesting that K2-18 b could be a Hycean exoplanet, one which has the potential to possess a hydrogen-rich atmosphere …

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Array of Giant Inflated Space Telescopes to Find Signs of Life in Atmospheres of a Thousand Exoplanets

Our current space telescopes have found thousands of exoplanets based upon the slight variation in movement that they cause to the stars they are orbiting, but we have not seen the reflected light from those exoplanets. NASA has a count of exoplanets and candidate exoplanets. We need better and larger space telescopes so that we …

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James Webb Telescope Images Carina Nebula in Super Detail and the Future Space Telescopes

NASA is sharing the James Webb Space Telescope images at this flickr account. There are higher-resolution images of the Carina Nebula and some other known great astronomical views. It can also image individual stars in certain distant galaxies. The James Webb space telescope had massive delays and cost overruns. It is good that it is …

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Algorithm to Improve Reconstruction Exoplanet Images from Gravity Lensing

Going beyond physical limitations of telescopes, Stanford University astrophysicists have been working on a new conceptual imaging technique that would be 1,000 times more precise than the strongest imaging technology currently in use. By taking advantage of gravity’s warping effect on space-time, called lensing, scientists could potentially manipulate this phenomenon to create imaging far more …

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