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Flame Nebula: Chandra Delivers New Insight into Formation of Star Clusters

Flame Nebula: Chandra Delivers New Insight into Formation of Star Clusters: 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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  • Hurricane Gonzalo

    10.17.2014
    The most potent storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season tracked from the edge of the Caribbean to Bermuda, with potential impacts expected as far as Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom.
  • IRIS Helps Explain Mysterious Heating of the Solar Atmosphere

    10.16.2014
    The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph was launched with a specific goal: track how energy and heat courses through a little understood region of the sun called the interface region.
  • Hubble Finds Extremely Distant Galaxy through Cosmic Magnifying Glass

    10.16.2014
    Peering through a giant cosmic magnifying glass, the Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy -- one of the farthest galaxies ever seen, more than 13 billion light years away.
  • Dust over the Arabian Sea

    10.16.2014
    October is a month of transition for weather patterns over the Arabian Sea. In the summer, winds blow from the sea toward land. In the winter, the winds reverse and push out over the Arabian Sea.
  • NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

    10.16.2014
    NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.

Directorate News

NASA Goddard scientists mentioned in World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

07.01.2014
Nine Goddard researchers are listed in the recently released report: The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. Publications by these and other Goddard researchers can be found in the Goddard Authors & Publications collection.

Bruce Woodgate Passes

04.28.2014
Dr. Bruce Woodgate passed away April 28, 2014 after suffering several strokes. Bruce has a remarkable career, spanning nearly 40 years as a civil servant at Goddard. Bruce was also a mentor to legions of students and young scientists. He retired recently and was still working on UV detectors as an Emeritus scientist. He had very broad interests, in subjects ranging from earth science to stellar atmospheres to exoplanets to large scale structure in the universe. Bruce was probably best known as the PI for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) for the Hubble Space Telescope. In this capacity he led the design and development of the instrument, including preparation of flight-worthy large-format CCDs and Multi Anode Multi Array (MAMA) detectors that dramatically advanced the state of the art over the previous HST spectrographs.
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