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NASA’s Fermi Confirms Star Wreck as Source of Extreme Cosmic Particles

08.10.2022
NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope confirms one supernova remnant as a launch site for some of our galaxy’s highest-energy protons.

NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day Recognized for Decades of Outreach

06.22.2022
NASA's APOD has been honored by the International Astronomical Union for decades of outreach.

Sagittarius A*: NASA Telescopes Support Event Horizon Telescope in Studying Milky Way's Black Hole

05.12.2022
Multiple telescopes, including Chandra, observed the Milky Way's giant black hole simultaneously with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). This combined effort gave insight into what is happening farther out than the field-of-view of the EHT.

NASA’s Swift Tracks Potential Magnetic Flip of Monster Black Hole

05.05.2022
An unusual galactic outburst may have been sparked by a flip of the magnetic field surrounding its central black hole.

Join NASA's Earth Day Event

04.22.2022
Join us in person or virtually. Registration is open for virtual events.

NASA’s Fermi Hunts for Gravitational Waves From Monster Black Holes

04.07.2022
Our universe is a chaotic sea of ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. Astronomers think waves from orbiting pairs of supermassive black holes in distant galaxies are light-years long and have been trying to observe them for decades, and now they’re one step closer thanks to NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

NASA Invites Media to 59th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.16.2022
Media are invited to meet leaders in space exploration at the 59th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, taking place on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, from March 23 to 25. Attendees also have the option to watch the symposium online.

NASA's Swift Observatory Returns to Science

02.18.2022
NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory successfully returned to science operations on February 17. The spacecraft and its three instruments are healthy and operating as expected.

Three NASA Goddard Recipients Receive AAS 2022 Awards

02.07.2022
Three individuals with NASA affiliations have received 2022 honors from the American Astronomical Society (AAS), a major international organization of professional astronomers.

Swift Observatory in Safe Mode, Team Investigating Reaction Wheel

01.20.2022
On the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 18, NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory entered into safe mode, suspending pointed science observations. The mission team is investigating a possible failure of one of the spacecraft's reaction wheels as the cause.

One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future

01.19.2022
Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.

Cosmic 'Spider' Found to Be Source of Powerful Gamma-Rays

01.12.2022
Using the SOAR Telescope in Chile, astronomers have discovered the first example of a binary system where a star in the process of becoming a white dwarf is orbiting a neutron star that has just finished turning into a rapidly spinning pulsar. The pair is a “missing link” in the evolution of such binary systems.

Vice President Harris to Visit NASA Goddard Today, Deliver Live Remarks

11.05.2021
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland today, Nov. 5, to get a firsthand look at the agency’s work to combat the climate crisis and protect vulnerable communities.

NASA Partnership Supports the Next Generation of Space and Science Professionals

11.03.2021
NASA's participation in the Mentoring365 program will provide connectivity and access to the next generation of space and science professionals.

NASA Selects Gamma-ray Telescope to Chart Milky Way Evolution

10.18.2021
NASA has selected a new space telescope proposal that will study the recent history of star birth, star death, and the formation chemical elements in the Milky Way.

Fermi Spots a Supernova's "Fizzled" Gamma-ray Burst

07.26.2021
On Aug. 26, 2020, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected the weakest gamma-ray burst caused by the death of a massive star ever seen.

NASA's Swift Helps Tie Neutrino to Star-shredding Black Hole

02.22.2021
For only the second time, astronomers have linked an elusive particle called a high-energy neutrino to an object outside our galaxy. Using ground- and space-based facilities, including NASA's Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory, they traced the neutrino to a black hole tearing apart a star, a rare cataclysmic occurrence called a tidal disruption event.

NASA Missions Unmask Magnetar Eruptions in Nearby Galaxies

01.13.2021
On April 15, 2020, a brief burst of high-energy light swept through the solar system, triggering instruments on many NASA spacecraft. Scientists think the blast came from a supermagnetized stellar remnant located in a neighboring galaxy.

NASA Missions Help Investigate an "Old Faithful" Active Galaxy

01.12.2021
Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful geyser regularly blasts a jet of boiling water high in the air. Now, an international team of astronomers has discovered a cosmic equivalent, a distant galaxy that erupts roughly every 114 days.

NASA Discoveries, R&D, Moon to Mars Exploration Plans Persevere in 2020

12.21.2020
"NASA has impressed the nation with our resilience and persistence during the pandemic," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

NASA Missions Help Pinpoint the Source of a Unique X-ray, Radio Burst

11.04.2020
A supermagnetized stellar remnant known as a magnetar blasted out a mix of X-ray and radio signals never observed before. This unique event links magnetars to a phenomenon called fast radio bursts (FRBs) – mysterious, powerful, and usually solitary radio emissions emanating from other galaxies.

NASA’s Partnership Between Art and Science: A Collaboration to Cherish

09.14.2020
NASA has long used art to represent everything from abstract astrophysical concepts to presentations of satellites in orbit.

NASA Missions Explore a ‘TIE Fighter’ Active Galaxy

08.25.2020
Not so long ago, astronomers mapped a galaxy far, far away using radio waves and found it has a strikingly familiar shape. In the process, they discovered the object, called TXS 0128+554, experienced two powerful bouts of activity in the last century.

Semiconductor Manufacturing Techniques Employed for New Gamma-ray Detector

08.03.2020
NASA astrophysicists and engineers are adapting detectors used by earthbound supercolliders and creating them the same way electronics companies produce all modern consumer devices, including cell phones and laptops.

Runaway Star Might Explain Black Hole's Disappearing Act

07.16.2020
The telltale sign that the black hole was feeding vanished, perhaps when a star interrupted the feast. The event could lend new insight into these mysterious objects.

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