New Hubble Image Shows Hypergiant Home, Westerlund 1

The Hubble telescope is world-famous for its beautiful images of our universe. Here at the Science Dunk we even posted a Hubble Hump-Day article to get us over the mid-week blues. This week, Hubble has turned its camera to a super-star cluster called Westerlund 1. This fantastical sounding mass is just 15,000 light years away,…

Spacecraft Lost for 8 Years Found Orbiting the Moon

It’s not uncommon for NASA to be in the dark. In fact, that’s the whole point. The darkness isn’t always a friend of space exploration, however. It’s pretty hard to see what’s going on up there, and plenty of spacecrafts (but thankfully no astronauts!) have been lost out there. Billions of pounds worth of equipment,…

NASA to Launch Probe to Ancient Planetary Core, 16 Psyche

Within the asteroid belt sitting between Mars and Jupiter lies a bizarre metal asteroid known as 16 Psyche. Believed to be the naked core of an ancient planet, the object is the only one of its kind known to us within our solar system. This unique opportunity for knowledge proved too good to pass up for…

Rosetta Makes Her Final Descent Today at 11.20GMT

The Rosetta mission is finally coming to an end today after a 12 year stretch gathering data from the comet 67P. The probe will make a ‘collision manoeuvre’ around 11.20 GMT, and will continue to collect information until the very last moments. Here are some of the images the probe has already collected today (all…

Jupiter Was Ready For It’s Close-Up

Last week NASA revealed the news that the Juno spaceship had completed it’s first fly-by of Jupiter. At it’s closest, the ship was only 2,600 miles away from the planet’s clouds, which is the closest it will ever get. This fly-by is the first of 36 scheduled for the mission but the data is already coming…

Hubble Hump Day

It’s Hubble Hump Day! We thought we’d take the opportunity to brighten up your Wednesday with some of the most spectacular images taken by the Hubble telescope: The Final Frontier In honour of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary this year, NASA have released this image of the Final Frontier project. In the centre of the image is…