Nearing the end of an extended mission exploring deep space, the spacecraft USS Palomino is returning to Earth. “Black holes have sparked imaginations for decades,” said National Science Foundation director France Córdova. The telescope array collected 5,000 trillion bytes of data over two weeks, which was processed through supercomputers so that the scientists might retrieve the photographs. “The observations had been a coordinated dance during which we simultaneously pointed our telescopes in a fastidiously deliberate sequence,” stated Daniel Marrone, affiliate professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona.
“This is more like something that goes ‘bang,’ and it is essentially the most huge sign LIGO and Virgo have seen.” The gravitational wave event solely lasted about one-tenth of a second. The waves originated from 7 billion light-years away — essentially the most distant supply of them up to now. This long-exposure picture from the Hubble Telescope is the deepest-ever image … Read MoreRead More »