JWST Is Hunting For Primeval Black Holes

A mystery that has puzzled researchers since the dawn of astronomy remains the notion that most if not all galaxies host a supermassive black hole at its core. Even from the early stages of galactic formations, a large black hole always seems present, and now with the advent of the James Webb Space Telescope, astronomers finally believe that some answers …

The First Trove of James Webb Images

On July 12, 2022, NASA released the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, our lens into the deepest visible regions of space. Fred R. Barnard, who coined the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words”, was never able to consider the massive scale of the universe as he lived during the time before Pluto’s discovery. Needless …

MIRI, the Mid-Infrared Instrument

Since its launch in late 2021, scientists, astronomers, and space enthusiasts anticipate the results gathered by the James Webb Space Telescope, its advanced technology promising to unravel some of the greatest cosmic mysteries.   An armament of the most advanced scientific instruments ever assembled rests onboard the JWST, concluding a deployment stage that lasted several months, in preparation to begin …

5000 Exoplanets and Counting

Dubbed a Cosmic Milestone, on March 21 NASA’s planetary odometer confirmed the discovery of 5000 exoplanets existing outside of our solar system. While a significant marker, astronomers believe that the Milky Way Galaxy holds an abundance of additional new, undiscovered worlds, some estimates ranging in the hundreds of billions. From Rocky Worlds and Ocean Planets, to Super Jupiters and Super …

The JWST Orbits the Earth

Did you know that Utah has one of the highest concentration of International Dark-Sky Association-certified locations in the world? Our own backyard sports some of the finest locations to stargaze and view meteor showers, and it’s never been a better time to obsess over Outer Space. The Year is 2022, and mankind’s greatest achievement in astrophysics technology orbits the earth, …

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Think you’re leaving no trace? Here’s something you might have missed

When backpacking in alpine environments, or anywhere for that matter, I’m a stickler for following Leave No Trace principles. Let me rephrase that, I’m a pain in the bottom about it. Yet until recently, I didn’t realize I was inadvertently violating one of those principles – Leave What You Find. I’ll explain. There is a statement under that subhead that …