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Astronomers Discover Dizzying Spin of the Milky Way Galaxy’s “Halo”

07.25.2016
Astronomers discovered for the first time that the hot gas in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy is spinning in the same direction and at comparable speed as the galaxy's disk.

Hitomi Mission Charts Hot Winds of a Galaxy Cluster for the First Time

07.06.2016
Measurements of unprecedented detail returned by Japan's Hitomi satellite have allowed scientists to track the motion of X-ray-emitting gas at the heart of the Perseus cluster for the first time.

X-ray Echoes of a Shredded Star Provide Close-up of 'Killer' Black Hole

06.22.2016
Some 3.9 billion years ago in the heart of a distant galaxy, the intense tidal pull of a monster black hole shredded a star that passed too close.

Astronomers Find the First 'Wind Nebula' Around a Magnetar

06.21.2016
Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron star, or magnetar, for the first time.

NASA’s NICER Mission Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

06.08.2016
An upcoming NASA astrophysics mission will uncover the physics governing the ultra-dense interiors of neutron stars. The mission will also demonstrate trailblazing space navigation technology.

Magnetic Reconnection Throughout the Universe (Infographic)

05.12.2016
Magnetic fields go in, energy comes out. Magnetic reconnection is a fundamental process of nature that happens all across our universe — such as the places shown on this infographic.

Industry, Government, Academia Seek to Sustain Women in STEM

04.01.2016
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Lockheed Martin hosted a roundtable event March 29 at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Arlington, Virginia.

Goddard Pioneers: Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering

03.24.2016
NASA began empowering female scientists and engineers more than 20 years before Women’s History Month became an official national celebration.

NASA’s First Wide-Field Soft-X-ray Camera Is a Gift That Keeps Giving

03.08.2016
NASA’s first wide-field soft X-ray camera, which incorporated a never-before-flown focusing technology when it debuted in late 2012, is a gift that keeps giving.

Advanced NASA-Developed Instrument Flies on Japan’s Hitomi

02.23.2016
Now that Japan’s Hitomi spacecraft is safely in orbit, a team of NASA scientists is now ready to begin gathering data about the high-energy universe with an advanced instrument.

NASA Invites Media to 54th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

02.22.2016
Media are invited to hear leaders in the science and engineering world speak at the 54th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium at the Greenbelt Marriott, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, Maryland, on March 9

New X-ray Space Observatory to Study Black Holes and History of Galaxy Clusters

02.10.2016
On Friday, Feb. 12, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be launching their sixth satellite dedicated to X-ray astronomy, ASTRO-H, from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, Japan.

We’re Hosting a ‘State of NASA’ Event at an Agency Location Nearest You

01.28.2016
NASA is opening its doors and inviting its social media followers and news media to an in-person ‘State of NASA’ event on Feb. 9, 2016, at one of the agency’s 10 field centers.

Goddard Year in Review - 2015

12.22.2015
As the year draws to a close, many of us send out cards to friends and loved ones. Gathered here are just a few of the shining moments from the Goddard "household" in 2015.

Suzaku Finds Common Chemical Makeup at Largest Cosmic Scales

10.26.2015
A new survey of hot, X-ray-emitting gas shows that the elements needed to make stars, planets and people were evenly distributed across millions of light-years early in cosmic history.

Explore@NASAGoddard 2015 Concludes

09.28.2015
Gates opened to the public Sept. 26, 2015, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for the first time in four years in celebration of Hubble's 25th anniversary.

Open House Sneak Peek: Explore Goddard’s Latest Science

09.25.2015
Since it last opened its gates to the public in 2011, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has seen rapid growth and discovery in its four science disciplines...

Astronomers Identify a New Mid-size Black Hole

09.23.2015
Nearly all black holes come in one of two sizes: stellar mass black holes (up to a few dozen times the mass of our sun) or supermassive black holes (a million to several billion times the sun’s mass).

NASA Goddard Opens Doors to Public to Explore@NASA Goddard, Free Event

09.16.2015
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is opening its doors for the first time in four years to give the public a chance to explore what happens behind the gates of the campus.

Science Jamboree Attracts Interns, Scientists from Across Goddard

07.10.2015
From cryogenically frozen marshmallows and pennies to 3D printed supernova, Tuesday’s Science Jamboree filled the atrium in Building 28 with science displays and demonstrations.

Searing Sun Seen in X-rays

07.08.2015
X-rays light up the surface of our sun in a bouquet of colors in this new image containing data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR.

Potentially Revolutionary Mission Heading for 2016 Launch

05.12.2015
A NASA mission that embodies the virtues of faster, less expensive access to space has sailed past all major development milestones and is on schedule for its October 2016 launch.

Suzaku Studies Supernova 'Crime Scene,' Shows a Single White Dwarf to Blame

04.02.2015
Using archival data from the Japan-led Suzaku X-ray satellite, astronomers have determined the pre-explosion mass of a white dwarf star that blew up thousands of years ago.

NASA, ESA Telescopes Give Shape to Furious Black Hole Winds

02.19.2015
NASA's NuSTAR & ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions, a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove.

NASA's Swift Mission Observes Mega Flares from a Mini Star

09.30.2014
On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star.
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