Astrophysics Science Division (660) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- The beautiful spiral galaxy visible in the center of the image is known as RX J1140.1+0307, a galaxy in the Virgo constellation.
- NASA scientists are crisscrossing the globe in 2017 – from a Hawaiian volcano to Colorado mountain tops and west Pacific islands – to investigate critical scientific questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it.
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- IRAS 14348-1447 is actually a combination of two gas-rich spiral galaxies doomed to approach each other too closely, slowly, destructively merging into one.
Two new American Physical Society fellows
Two Goddard civil servants were made American Physical Society fellows this year. Congratulations to Ann Hornschemeier and Rich Kelley.
Ann Hornschemeier: For outstanding contributions to the understanding of physics and the evolution of X-ray binaries in other galaxies.
Richard L. Kelley: For exceptional contributions to the development of high-resolution cryogenic X-ray spectrometers, and outstanding leadership of Astro-H Soft X-ray Spectrometer team research.
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Congratulations to the High Resolution Mid-InfrarEd Spectrometer (HIRMES) team on the selection of their instrument for SOFIA.
- 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.