Astrophysics Science Division (660) Highlights
Press Releases & Feature Stories
- Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place - a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies.
- The backplane of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like the springs in a mattress. In this photo, you see the central part of the three-part backplane, tilted to its side, much like a mattress.
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- This image, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, combines a wide range of wavelengths spanning the ultraviolet, optical, and infrared parts of the spectrum.
NICER Passes CDR!
The NICER team has passed their Critical Design Review. Great job!
TESS passes PDR!
The TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) recently
passed their PDR, and confirmation (KDP-C) of the mission is scheduled for
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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.
- 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.