Charles Bennett and his team of researchers have mapped their way to scientific rock-star status with their so-called Standard Model of Cosmology, which effectively serves as a guide to the inception, makeup and expansion of our universe.
Johns Hopkins astrophysicists have spent the past several years working to install one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in a remote mountain location in Chile. Now, all that effort has begun to pay off.
A group of Johns Hopkins astrophysicists recently observed a never-before-seen event: a star about the size of our own sun slipped out of its orbit and was devoured by a supermassive black hole, which then ejected a flare of matter (think of it as kind of an interstellar burp).
What if you could build a telescope so big it could help you look at how the universe began? It may sound like a question dreamed up by a astronomy-obsessed stoner, but it is also a real thing being worked on by real astrophysicists at Johns Hopkins.
I am into everything about this discovery of a 10 billion year-old supernova discovered by Johns Hopkins scientists using the Hubble Telescope — the oldest and farthest cosmic explosion ever sighted — except its name.
Today’s asteroid flyby will not actually come all that close to our planet — it’ll stay a safe 17,000 miles away. Still, that’s the nearest pass by an object of its size (comparable to an airliner), and if it did hit, it would do some serious damage. So how do all those astrophysicists at Johns Hopkins plan to save us from the asteroid that is on a collision course with our planet — something that, statistically speaking, is bound to happen soon enough?
Either the astrophysicists at Johns Hopkins have never seen a space-action movie, or they’ve seen way too many. Those are the only explanations I can come up with for why they’d argue in favor of slamming a spaceship into a giant asteroid… just to see what might happen.
It wouldn’t shock us to hear that the Johns Hopkins students who’ve teamed up to design, build, and launch the Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS) — a nifty $3.2 million NASA rocket, for those of you who aren’t astrophysicists — started out launching rockets in their backyards. And now they’re on a quest to answer questions about the origins of the universe. Not a bad trajectory.