Wide Field Camera 3 Anomaly on Hubble Space Telescope

Less than a billion years after the Big Bang a supermassive black hole began devouring anything within its gravitational grasp this triggered a firestorm of star formation around the black hole a galaxy was being born a blowtorch of energy blazed acro

The operations of the Hubble Space Telescope's most technologically advanced camera have been suspended after it encountered a hardware problem, NASA said.

The Hubble Telescope has discovered the brightest quasar ever seen in the early universe, which has the brightness of about 600-trillion suns.

Astronomers used data from the Nasa/European Space Agency's telescope to find the ancient quasar - the extremely bright nucleus of an active galaxy created by energy released by gas falling towards the supermassive black hole at its centre.

Till date, the Hubble Space Telescope has made more than 1.3 million observations since its inception in 1990.

The discovery was announced January 9 during a press conference at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle. There are hopes it could provide an insight into the birth of galaxies.

"That's something we have been looking for for a long time", lead author Xiaohui Fan of the new quasar discovery.

According to a recent NASA report, Hubble Space Telescope lost its main camera, the so-called Wide Field Camera 3, and as the USA space agency stated, its engineers and scientists are not likely to address the issue anytime soon due to the government shutdown. However, Christine Pulliam, news director for the Baltimore-based Space Telescope Science Institute, said the shutdown "is not affecting the response to the anomaly".

This image shows the distant quasar J043947.08+163415.7 as it was observed with the NASA  ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The quasar is one of the brightest objects in the early Universe. However due to its distance it only became visible as its image was mad

"Eventually electronics break", said Brown. Teams are hard at work troubleshooting the glitch, saying that a system reboot might be needed to fix the error.

Brown said he is confident the issue will be resolved in the next week or two. As astronomers look farther into space in terms of distance, it allows them to look farther back in time, closer to the time of the Big Bang.

Light from the quasar serendipitously passed near a galaxy between Earth and the source on its path to us, scientists found.

"The flight operations folks are considered essential and we've been in talks on repairs", Brown said. NASA reportedly has formed an investigative team, mostly consisting of contractors and experts from its industry partners, to examine the technical troubles.

Besides, Nancy Grace Roman who was known for her contribution in building the Hubble Space Telescope passed away at the age of 93.

While an investigation surrounding the malfunction is ongoing, Hubble will still proceed to do science observations with three other instruments.

At this point, it's just a question of when Hubble will finally fail for good, and how much science we can get out of it before that happens.

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