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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.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Hubble Sees a Spiral in a Furnace

11.21.2014
This Hubble image is a snapshot of NGC 986 — a barred spiral galaxy discovered in 1828 by James Dunlop.

The riddle of the missing stars

11.20.2014
Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling.

NASA's Swift Satellite Marks 10 Years of Game-changing Astrophysics

11.20.2014
Over the past decade, NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer has proven itself to be one of the most versatile astrophysics missions ever flown.

NASA's Swift Mission Probes an Exotic Object: ‘Kicked’ Black Hole or Mega Star?

11.19.2014
An international team of researchers analyzing decades of observations has discovered an unusual source of light in a galaxy some 90 million light-years away.

Hubble Reveals a Super-Rich Galactic Neighborhood

11.14.2014
This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the super-rich galaxy cluster Abell 1413.
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Division News

NICER Passes CDR!

09.18.2014
The NICER team has passed their Critical Design Review. Great job!

TESS passes PDR!

09.18.2014
The TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) recently passed their PDR, and confirmation (KDP-C) of the mission is scheduled for Oct 31.

Goddard View

08.21.2014
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.
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The Astrophysics Science Division conducts a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, and fundamental physics. Individual investigations address issues such as the nature of dark matter and dark energy, which planets outside our solar system may harbor life, and the nature of space, time, and matter at the edges of black holes.

Observing photons, particles, and gravitational waves enables researchers to probe astrophysical objects and processes. Researchers develop theoretical models, design experiments and hardware to test theories, interpret and evaluate the data, archive and disseminate the data, provide expert user support to the scientific community, and publish conclusions drawn from research. The Division also conducts education and public outreach programs about its projects and missions.

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