Astrophysics Science Division (660) Highlights

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Hubble Gazes Into a Black Hole of Puzzling Lightness

01.13.2017
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 Plans Another Busy Year for Earth Science Fieldwork

01.12.2017
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.

Hubble's Front Row Seat When Galaxies Collide

01.10.2017
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.
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Local News

Two new American Physical Society fellows

12/06/2016
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.

Congratulations to the HIRMES Team

09/07/2016
Congratulations to the High Resolution Mid-InfrarEd Spectrometer (HIRMES) team on the selection of their instrument for SOFIA.
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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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