“Going Beyond” –NASA Names Hubble Successor After Its First Chief Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman


WFIRST Telescope


“I wondered had I really oversold the Hubble. I have to admit that, since, I have been convinced that I didn’t,” said Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s first Chief Astronomer. Today, NASA announced that it is naming its next-generation ‘dark-energy’ space telescope, Hubble’s successor, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in her honor.


Unseen Population of Jupiter-Like Planets Orbiting Nearby Sun-Like Stars


Gas Giant Exoplanet


There is an as-yet-unseen population of Jupiter-like planets orbiting nearby Sun-like stars, awaiting discovery by future missions like NASA’s WFIRST space telescope, according to new models of gas giant planet formation by observational astronomer Alan Boss, supported by a new Science paper on the surprising discovery of a gas giant planet orbiting a low-mass star. Boss’s work focuses on the Astrometric Planet Search project, which has been underway for the last decade at Carnegie Institute’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile..


“1,400 Unknown Alien Planets” –NASA Moves Beyond Hubble & Webb

Alien Planet


“Although it’s a small fraction of the sky, it’s huge compared to what other space telescopes can do,” said astronomer Matthew Penny, at The Ohio State University. “It’s WFIRST’s unique combination—both a wide field of view and a high resolution—that make it so powerful for microlensing planet searches. Previous space telescopes, including Hubble and James Webb, have had to choose one or the other.”