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The W-FIRST SPACE OBSERVATORY

Meet WFIRST, The Space Telescope with the Power of 100 Hubbles

WFIRST ain’t your grandma’s space telescope. Despite having the same size mirror as the surprisingly reliable Hubble Space Telescope, clocking in at 2.4 meters across, this puppy will pack a punch with a gigantic 300 megapixel camera, enabling it to snap a single image with an area a hundred times greater than the Hubble.

The WFIRST spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Mysterious Nature of Dark Energy - Ask a Spaceman!

Full podcast episodes: Support: Follow: Follow: on twitter Follow:on Facebook Watch on YouTube: Go on an adventure: What is the cosmological constant? How is the expansion of the universe related to quantum fields? How does a vacuum energy produce accelerated expansion? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman! Follow all the show updates at askaspaceman.com, and help support the show at Keep those questions about space, science, astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology coming to #AskASpaceman on Twitter@PaulMattSutter andFACEBOOK for COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF TIME AND SPACE! Music by Jason Grady and Nick Bain. Keep those questions about space, science, astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology coming to #AskASpaceman on Twitter@PaulMattSutter andFACEBOOK for COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF TIME AND SPACE! Music by Jason Grady and Nick Bain. Big thanks to my top Patreon supporters this month: Robert R., Justin G., Matthew K., Kevin O., Justin R., Chris C., Helge B., Tim R., SkyDiving Storm Trooper, Steve P., Lars H., Khaled T., John F., Mark R., David B., John W., and Zero132132! Music by Jason Grady and Nick Bain. Thanks to WCBE Radio for hosting the recording session, Greg Mobius for producing, and Cathy Rinella for editing. Hosted by Paul M. Sutter, astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, Chief Scientist at COSI Science Center, and the one and only Agent to the Stars Paul's website

Discovering the first exoplanet - Ask a Spaceman!

Full podcast episodes: Support: Follow: Follow: on twitter Follow:on Facebook Watch on YouTube: Go on an adventure: What are the most clever physics and astronomy experiments of all time? What did we learn from them, and what made them so dang clever? I discuss these questions and more in today’s Ask a Spaceman! Follow all the show updates at askaspaceman.com, and help support the show at Keep those questions about space, science, astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology coming to #AskASpaceman on Twitter@PaulMattSutter andFACEBOOK for COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF TIME AND SPACE! Music by Jason Grady and Nick Bain. Keep those questions about space, science, astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology coming to #AskASpaceman on Twitter@PaulMattSutter andFACEBOOK for COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF TIME AND SPACE! Music by Jason Grady and Nick Bain. Big thanks to my top Patreon supporters this month: Robert R., Justin G., Matthew K., Kevin O., Justin R., Chris C., Helge B., Tim R., SkyDiving Storm Trooper, Steve P., Lars H., Khaled T., John F., Mark R., David B., John W., and Zero132132! Music by Jason Grady and Nick Bain. Thanks to WCBE Radio for hosting the recording session, Greg Mobius for producing, and Cathy Rinella for editing. Hosted by Paul M. Sutter, astrophysicist at The Ohio State University, Chief Scientist at COSI Science Center, and the one and only Agent to the Stars Paul's website

WFIRST Gets its Coronagraph, to Block the Light of Stars and Reveal Their Planets

In the next decade, NASA will be sending some truly impressive facilities to space. These include the next-generation space telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the Wide-Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST). Building on the foundation established by Hubble, WFIRST will use its advanced suite of instruments to investigate some of the deepest mysteries of the Universe.

WFIRST: The Best of Both Worlds

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Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger This video is public domain and may be downloaded at:

Artist’s illustration of the exoplanet HR8799e, which was direclty observed using the ESO’s GRAVITY instrument on its Very Large Telescope Interferometer. Image Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

What Comes After James Webb and WFIRST? Four Amazing Future Space Telescopes

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The Hubble Space Telescope has been in space for 28 years, producing some of the most beautiful and scientifically important images of the cosmos that humanity has ever taken. But let’s face it, Hubble is getting old, and it probably won’t be with us for too much longer. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is in the final stages of testing, and WFIRST is waiting in the wings. You’ll be glad to know there are even more space telescopes in the works, a set of four powerful instruments in design right now, which will be part of the next Decadal Survey, and helping to answer the most fundamental questions about the cosmos. Audio Podcast version: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/universe-today-guide-to-space-audio/id794058155?mt=2">ITunes: RSS: Video Podcast version: ITunes: RSS: Sign up to my weekly email newsletter: Support us at:Support us at: Follow us on Tumblr: : More stories at Follow us on Twitter: @universetoday Like us on Facebook: Instagram - Team: Fraser Cain - @fcain / frasercain@gmail.com /Karla Thompson - @karlaii Chad Weber - Chloe Cain - Instagram: @chloegwen2001 Music: Left Spine Down - “X-Ray”

Artist’s impression of circumstellar disk of debris around a distant star. Credit: NASA/JPL

Optical engineer Camilo Mejia Prada shines a light on the interior of the testbed for the WFIRST’s coronagraph at NASA JPL. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Matthew Luem

WFIRST's Coronagraph Instrument

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Music: "Concept of Motion" from Universe Production Music Based in part on the video by Nick Siegler: Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Lead Producer Francis Reddy (University of Maryland College Park): Science Writer Neil Gehrels (NASA/GSFC): Scientist Krystofer Kim (USRA): Lead Animator Claire Andreoli (NASA/GSFC): Lead Public Affairs Officer This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/13325 If you liked this video, subscribe to the NASA Goddard YouTube channel: Follow NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center · Instagram · Twitter · Twitter Facebook: Flickr


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ARTICLES

Wide-Field Infra Red Telescope
Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assests
WFIRST-AFTA(PDF)

The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope:
100 Hubbles for the 2020s (PDF)

JPL NASA's Webpagewfirst a

NASA Goddard's WFIRST WEB PAGE


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