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Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole

09.17.2014
Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place - a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies.

Hubble Paints a Spattering of Blue

09.12.2014
This image, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, combines a wide range of wavelengths spanning the ultraviolet, optical, and infrared parts of the spectrum.

James Webb Space Telescope's "Mirror Mattress"

09.12.2014
The backplane of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like the springs in a mattress. In this photo, you see the central part of the three-part backplane, tilted to its side, much like a mattress.

Hubble Finds Supernova Companion Star after Two Decades of Searching

09.09.2014
Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered a companion star to a rare type of supernova.

Hubble Sees Spiral in Serpens

09.05.2014
This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a beautiful spiral galaxy known as PGC 54493, located in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent).

NASA Engineers Conduct Low Light Test on New Technology for Webb Telescope

09.02.2014
NASA engineers inspect a new piece of technology developed for the James Webb Space Telescope, the micro shutter array, with a low light test.

Hubble Looks at Light and Dark in the Universe

08.29.2014
This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena.

A "NIRSpec-tacular View" of NASA's Webb Telescope Instrument

08.27.2014
A NASA photographer recently captured a "NIRSpec-tacular" photo of an instrument that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope when it launches in 2018.

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

08.27.2014
Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction.

Evidence for Supernovas Near Earth

08.26.2014
Once every 50 years, more or less, a massive star explodes somewhere in the Milky Way. At its peak, a supernova can outshine the entire Milky Way.

Hubble Sees a Silver Needle in the Sky

08.22.2014
This stunning new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows part of the sky in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs).

RXTE Satellite Decodes the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

08.18.2014
Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite.

Hubble Stirs Up Galactic Soup

08.15.2014
This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a whole host of colorful and differently shaped galaxies.

Hubble Revisits a Globular Cluster’s Age

08.13.2014
Globular clusters are big balls of old stars that orbit around their host galaxy. It has long been believed that all the stars within a globular cluster form at the about same time.

James Webb Space Telescope "Pathfinder" Backplane's Path to NASA

08.12.2014
The “central backbone” of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope practice-model recently took a cross-country trip to be part of a simulation of putting together vital parts of the telescope.

NASA's NuSTAR Sees Rare Blurring of Black Hole Light

08.12.2014
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole.

NASA’s Hubble Finds Supernova Star System Linked to Potential “Zombie Star”

08.06.2014
Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

Hubble Eyes Galaxy as it Gets a Cosmic Hair Ruffling

08.01.2014
From objects as small as Newton's apple to those as large as a galaxy, no physical body is free from the stern bonds of gravity, as evidenced in this stunning picture captured by Hubble.

NuSTAR Celebrates Two Years of Science in Space

07.31.2014
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, a premier black-hole hunter among other talents, has finished up its two-year prime mission, and will be moving onto its next phase.

NASA's Fermi Space Telescope Reveals New Source of Gamma Rays

07.31.2014
Observations by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope of several stellar eruptions, called novae, firmly establish these relatively common outbursts almost always produce gamma rays.

Hubble Shows Farthest Lensing Galaxy Yields Clues to Early Universe

07.31.2014
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass.

Revolutionary Microshutter Technology Hurdles Significant Challenges

07.29.2014
The team, led by Principal Investigator Harvey Moseley, has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays are as functional as the current technology’s magnetically activated

NASA-funded X-ray Instrument Settles Interstellar Debate

07.28.2014
New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky.

Measuring Gravitational Waves with eLISA

07.28.2014
Puffs of smoke waft from a circuit board as interns solder tiny circuits for the Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna.

Amber Straughn - Drawn to the Skies

07.25.2014
Initially drawn to the sky through the stars, astrophysicist Amber Straughn now flies through it as a private pilot.

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