Astrophysics Science Division (660) Highlights

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Hubble Gazes at Stars of the Large Magellanic Cloud

06.24.2016
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the star cluster NGC 1854, a gathering of red, white and blue stars in the southern constellation of Dorado (The Dolphinfish).

Hubble Imagery Confirms New Dark Spot on Neptune

06.23.2016
New images obtained on May 16, 2016, by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune.

The Complex Material Engineering of NASA's Webb Telescope Sunshield

06.23.2016
The shiny silver material of the five-layer sunshield that will fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is a complex and innovative feat of material science and engineering.
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Presentations

Adventures in Astrophysics [09/29/2015]

10.06.2015
Astrophysicist Neil Gehrels presented a Maniac lecture entitled "Adventures in Astrophysics." Neil shared his passion and adventures in astrophysics, which traces back to his astronomer father, his physicist wife, a life-long career at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and good mentors.

Presented by: Dr. Neil Gehrels
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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

NASA Selects Instrument Team to Build Next-Gen Planet Hunter

03/29/2016
Congratulations to GSFC team members Mike McElwain, Qian Gong, and Ravi Kopparapu. NASA has selected a team to build a new, cutting-edge instrument that will detect planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, by measuring the miniscule “wobbling” of stars. The instrument will be the centerpiece of a new partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) called the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research program, or NN-EXPLORE.
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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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