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Hubble Sees Starbursts in the Wake of a Fleeting Romance

Hubble Sees Starbursts in the Wake of a Fleeting Romance : 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.

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  • How to Safely Watch the October 23 Partial Solar Eclipse

    10.21.2014
    During the late afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from much of North America before sundown. Partial eclipses occur when the moon blocks part of the sun from view.
  • Fires in Northern India

    10.21.2014
    The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land.
  • Fires in Eastern China

    10.21.2014
    China is a well-known user of fire to clear agricultural fields of debris. In this satellite image hundreds of hot spots fill the image.
  • NASA's MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects

    10.21.2014
    NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.
  • NASA's HS3 Mission Continues With Flights Over Hurricane Gonzalo

    10.20.2014
    Tropical Storm Gonzalo strengthened into a hurricane on Oct. 14 when it was near Puerto Rico and provided a natural laboratory for the next phase of NASA's HS3 or Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel m

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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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