Astrophysics Science Division (660) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope revealed 3 billion years after the Big Bang, "dead galaxies", still made stars on their outskirts, but no longer in their interiors.
- Looking out from inside the enormous mouth of NASA's giant thermal vacuum chamber, called Chamber A, the test model of the James Webb Space Telescope's backplane is seen sliding in on the rails.
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- Engineers and technicians manually deployed the secondary mirror support structure (SMSS) of the James Webb Space Telescope's Pathfinder backplane test model.
Liz Hays Elected as a New Fellow of the American Physical Society
Please congratulate Liz Hays for being elected as a new Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). This is quite an honor -- only 0.5% of APS members are elected to be Fellows each year.
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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Read about revolutionary microshutter technology originally created for JWST, measuring gravitational waves with ELISA, and learning to fly with Dr. Amber Straughn, in Volume 10, Issue 10 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.