Category: Planets

A Holiday Check-in with New Horizons

The fact that we have three functioning spacecraft outside the orbit of Pluto fills me with holiday good spirits. Of the nearest of the three, I can say that since New Horizons’ January 1, 2019 encounter with the Kuiper Belt Object now known as Arrokoth, I have associated the spacecraft with holidays of one kind […]

Webb Telescope Officially Cleared for Launch on December 24

UPDATE: Shortly after publication of this article, Arianespace announced the launch for JWST has been delayed until December 25: “Due to adverse weather conditions at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, the flight #VA256 to launch the James Webb Space Telescope –initially scheduled for December 24– is being postponed,” Arianespace said via Twitter. “Tomorrow evening, local […]

What The James Webb Space Telescope Can Do For Exoplanet Science and What It Cannot Do

<img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-26404" data-attachment-id="26404" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="2048,2048" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="16658886757_69219ed7f8_k" data-image-description data-image-caption=" The James Webb Space Telescope, as rendered by an artist. The telescope is scheduled to launch later this month. (NASA) ” data-medium-file=”″ data-large-file=”″ loading=”lazy” class=”wp-image-26404 ” src=”″ alt width=”676″ height=”676″ srcset=” 2048w, 300w, 1024w, 150w, 768w, 1536w, 676w, […]

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