Astrophysics Science Division (660) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- Scientists and engineers placed two James Webb Space Telescope test primary mirror segments onto the support structure that will hold them, where they resemble stepping stones, as seen in this photo.
- Astronomers analyzing the data from Fermi's detection of a "storm" of high-energy blasts from a magnetar have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout it.
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- After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber.
NICER Passes CDR!
The NICER team has passed their Critical Design Review. Great job!
TESS passes PDR!
The TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) recently
passed their PDR, and confirmation (KDP-C) of the mission is scheduled for
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Read about making room for Webb's mirrors and decoding the rhythm of an unusual black hole with RXTE in Volume 10, issue 11 of the Goddard View.
- This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows galaxy NGC 4485 in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). The galaxy is irregular in shape, but it hasn’t always been so.
- This still image from a supercomputer simulation shows one of the most violent events in the universe: a pair of neutron stars colliding, merging and forming a black hole.
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- A study of NGC 2024 and the Orion Nebula Cluster suggest that the stars on the outskirts of these clusters are older than those in the central regions, contrary to previous ideas about star formation.