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Hubble Helps Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies

Hubble Helps Solve Mystery of Ultra-Compact, Burned-Out Galaxies: This graphic shows the evolutionary sequence in the growth of massive elliptical galaxies over 13 billion years. The growth is quickly driven by rapid star formation and mergers with other galaxies.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

Webb Telescope Mirrors: Stepping Stones to the Cosmos

10.23.2014
Scientists and engineers placed two James Webb Space Telescope test primary mirror segments onto the support structure that will hold them, where they resemble stepping stones, as seen in this photo.

NASA Webb's Heart Survives Deep Freeze Test

10.21.2014
After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber.

NASA's Fermi Satellite Finds Hints of Starquakes in Magnetar 'Storm'

10.21.2014
Astronomers analyzing the data from Fermi's detection of a "storm" of high-energy blasts from a magnetar have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout it.

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.

NASA’s Hubble Telescope Finds Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons Pluto Mission

10.15.2014
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.
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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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