According to the recent reports, NASA’s Hubble Telescope is paving its way through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system.
Hubble is trying to measure the interstellar medium, the mysterious environment between stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is successfully providing the road map by measuring the material in future trajectories of the beyond space. This makes the point evident that even when the Voyagers will run out of electrical power and will not be able to send back new data, which may obviously happen in about a decade, astronomers can still use Hubble observations to find out their whereabouts. It will also help the astronomers to characterize the material with a better look into it.
A recent observation by the Hubble observations has revealed a rich, yet complex interstellar ecology. It contains multiple clouds of hydrogen surrounded by other elements. The data have efficiently combined with the Voyagers’ data and have also provided a new knowledge of how the Sun travels through interstellar space.
Mr. Seth Redfield of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut who is leading the study says, “This is a great opportunity to compare data from in situ measurements of the space environment by the Voyager spacecraft and telescopic measurements by Hubble.
NASA has reported that the Voyagers are studying every tiny region as they flow through space at approximately 38,000 miles per hour. Yet no further idea has been derived regarding these tiny particles, whether they are just typical or even rare.
The Telescope is covering a wide area in terms of the study and is trying to find out more about the space and our solar system.The astronomers are hoping that Hubble observations will truly help them to characterize the physical properties of these local interstellar mediums.
A team member of the observatory study named Julia Zachary has reported, “Ideally, synthesizing these insights with in situ measurements from Voyager would provide an unprecedented overview of the local interstellar environment.”
Initially, NASA launched the twin Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1977. Both of them explored the outer planets Jupiter and Saturn. Later, Voyager 2 went on to visit Uranus and Neptune.
The Hubble Space Telescope of NASA is a project of the international tie-up between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the entire whereabouts of the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland is responsible for conducting Hubble science operations. STScI is solely operated for NASA by the joint association of Universities for Research in Astronomy in Washington, D.C. The telescopes were designed by JPL and still continues to be under guidance by the same company.
The results of the team members were presented at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Grapevine, Texas on January 6, 2017. The researchers are digging deep into the matter to find out a new gem for NASA to be proud of.