Astrophysics Science Division (660) Highlights

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Hubble Finds That the Nearest Quasar Is Powered by a Double Black Hole

08.27.2015
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found that Markarian 231 (Mrk 231), is powered by two central black holes furiously whirling about each other.

James Webb Space Telescope Backplane Arrives at NASA Goddard for Mirror Assembly

08.26.2015
One of the most crucial pieces of the James Webb Space Telescope, the flight backplane, arrived on Aug. 25, on schedule for Webb's 2018 launch date at NASA's GSFC, for mirror assembly.

Hubble Sees the Wings of a Butterfly: The Twin Jet Nebula

08.26.2015
he shimmering colors visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula.
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Reports

ASD Annual Report 2014

Astrophysics Science Division Annual Report (2014)

08.20.2015
A summary of awards, research, projects, missions, and education/public outreach activities of the Astrophysics Science Division at Goddard Space Flight Center.
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Local News

Klumpke-Roberts Award Winners

07/20/2015
The Klumpke-Roberts Award of the ASP is awarded annually to an individual or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Jerry Bonnell (661) and Bob Nemiroff (Michigan Tech) were selected for their work on Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Goddard View

08/21/2014
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.
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Images

Hubble Sees Starbursts in the Wake of a Fleeting Romance

05/29/2014
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.

Neutron Stars Rip Each Other Apart to Form Black Hole

05/15/2014
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.

Flame Nebula: Chandra Delivers New Insight into Formation of Star Clusters

05/12/2014
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.
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