RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME In September 2016, an amateur astronomer was looking at spiral galaxy NGC 613 (shown), located about 65 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor, and caught a supernova exploding.
Smartt/Queen’s University Belfast, NASA, Hubble/ESA, Robert Gendler
ITSY BITSY ALIENS Americans would probably welcome the discovery of microbial alien life.
FIELD OF GREENS Visualizations of images from the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope could look akin to these from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Both telescopes are designed to see in the infrared. In this Spitzer image of the Enterprise nebulae, 3.5 micrometer light is in blue, 8 micrometer light is green and 24 micrometer light is red.