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U.S. lawmakers vote to kill Hubble successor

WASHINGTON — In a fresh blow to NASA’s post-shuttle aspirations, key US lawmakers voted Thursday to kill off funding for the successor to the vastly successful space-gazing Hubble telescope. The US House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science approved by voice vote a yearly spending bill that…

Cosmic burst in distant galaxy puzzles NASA

WASHINGTON – NASA is studying a surprising cosmic burst at the center of distant galaxy that has burned for more than a week, longer than astronomers have ever seen before, the US space agency said Thursday. Calling it “one of the most puzzling cosmic blasts ever observed,” NASA said it…

Telescope spots oldest galaxy ever seen

US and European researchers trying to peer back to the beginnings of the universe said on Wednesday they have spotted what they think is the most ancient galaxy ever seen — 13.2 billion years old. The aging Hubble Space Telescope collected light from the dim object, which would have formed…

Astronomers say they’ve found oldest galaxy so far

Study: European astronomers claim to see oldest galaxy ever, from earliest years of universe Astronomers believe they’ve found the oldest thing they’ve ever seen in the universe: It’s a galaxy far, far away from a time long, long ago. Hidden in a Hubble Space Telescope photo released earlier this year…

Hubble catches planet being devoured by its star

WASHINGTON — The Hubble space telescope has discovered a planet in our galaxy in the process of being devoured by the star that it orbits, according to a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. The doomed planet, dubbed WASP-12b, has the highest known surface temperature of any planet in…

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