When astronomers and physicists gathered at the Space Telescope Science Institute
recently to take stock of the revolution, their despair of getting to the bottom of the dark energy mystery anytime soon, if ever, was palpable, even as they anticipate a flood of new data from the sky in coming years.
My e-mail is overflowing,' said Steve Beckwith, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute
A spokesman for the Space Telescope Science Institute
said: "The disc, possibly a remnant of an ancient galaxy collision, will be swallowed up by the black hole in several billion years." But exactly what happens to all the material once it is drawn into the black hole remains a mystery.
"The sheer number of young star clusters is amazing," says Bradley Whitmore, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute
in Baltimore, Maryland.
"We want to know the mass of the Milky Way more accurately so that we can put it into a cosmological context and compare it to simulations of galaxies in the evolving universe," said Roeland van der Marel of the Space Telescope Science Institute
(STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland.
In a statement, NASA said the test - formally called Ground Segment Test Number 1 (GSEG-1) - was completed June 20 and "showed successful end-to-end communication between the Webb telescope's spacecraft bus, currently located at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, and the telescope's mission operations center at the Space Telescope Science Institute
Ken Sembach, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute
in Baltimore, which will lead science and mission operations for Webb.
"Using telescopes at observatories in Chile and Arizona, Douglas Duncan (Space Telescope Science Institute
) determined the spin rates and ages for 40 pre-main-sequence stars in Orion.
Noble Laureate Adam Riess of the Space Telescope Science Institute
(STScI) and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., in collaboration with Stefano Casertano of STScI, developed the ingenious technique to use Hubble to make measurements as fine as five-billionths of a degree on the sky.
drift for a while and probably end up orbiting much farther from the new galactic core, scientists from the Space Telescope Science Institute
in Baltimore and colleagues reported in May (SN: 7/14/12.
Also important to his narrative are his tenure as the first director of the Space Telescope Science Institute
, which is responsible for the scientific utilization of the Hubble Space Telescope; his subsequent directorship of the European Southern Observatory, which constructed the Very Large Telescope operating in the Atacama Desert of Chile; and finally his involvement with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which is constructing the world's largest array of millimeter and submillimeter radio antennas on the Llano de Chajnantor in Chile.
The galaxy has the less than romantic name of NGC 4314 but due to its proximity to us, scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute
in Baltimore, Maryland, use it to study star formation.