Telescope sees 'baby planet' forming around distant star

Telescope sees 'baby planet' forming around distant star

Astronomers using European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have captured the birth of a planet around a star 520 light-years away. The image might not look like much at first glance. But among the swirling clouds of dust and gas is a little twist. That twist, astronomers hypothesize, is evidence of a planet forming as it rotates […]

Hubble telescope spots ‘northern lights’ on Saturn

Hubble telescope spots ‘northern lights’ on Saturn

Over a period of seven months in 2017, the Hubble Space Telescope photographed a beautiful display of northern lights over Saturn’s north pole. Here on Earth, people experience the northern lights (southern lights in the southern hemisphere) when fast-moving particles from the sun travel along the solar wind and interact with the planet’s magnetic field. Auroras, also called […]

How new telescope technology captured this image of Neptune from down here on Earth

How new telescope technology captured this image of Neptune from down here on Earth

It’s big, cold, blue and 4.3 billion kilometres away. But astronomers using cutting-edge optics technology have taken an image of Neptune that is nearly as sharp as those taken from the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), nestled in the mountains of Chile’s Atacama Desert, was recently outfitted with a new type of adaptive […]

Canada’s largest radio telescope unveiled in British Columbia

At first glance, it doesn’t look like anything like a telescope, but this newest instrument could help reveal secrets of the universe faster than any other. The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), which launched on Thursday, is Canada’s largest radio telescope. It’s goal? To detect fast radio bursts, monitor pulsars, measure the expansion of […]