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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

Astronomers Bring The Third Dimension To A Doomed Star's Outburst

07.08.2014
In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky.

Testing Completed on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Backplane

07.08.2014
The James Webb Space Telescope has reached another development milestone with the completion of static load testing of its primary mirror backplane support structure.

Hubble to Proceed with Full Search for New Horizons Targets

07.02.2014
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been given the go-ahead to conduct an intensive search for a suitable outer solar system object that the New Horizons spacecraft could visit.

Iron 'Fingerprints' Point Astronomers to Supernova Suspects

07.02.2014
An international team of astronomers using data from the Japan-led Suzaku X-ray observatory has developed a powerful technique for analyzing supernova remnants.

Hubble Eyes a Curious Supernova in NGC 2441

06.27.2014
This bright spiral galaxy is known as NGC 2441, located in the northern constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe).
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Division News

Goddard View

06.26.2014
The "heart" of the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to start a four-months long test to simulate the exceptionally cold temperatures in space. Read more in Volume 10, Issue 7 of the Goddard View.

Congratulations to Neil Gehrels, Al Kogut, and Ed Wollack!

06.19.2014
Thompson Reuters just announced their 2014 list of most cited scientists, and Neil Gehrels, Al Kogut and Ed Wollack are in the list! In the "space science" category, they are the only scientists in all of NASA so awarded. You can browse the entire list at highlycited.com/index.htm. Search on NASA or other institutions to refine the list.

Goddard View

05.22.2014
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently marked its 24th year in space and to celebrate its 25th year, NASA is taking a look at some of the amazing statistics generated by the world-famous telescope. Read more in Volume 10, Issue 6 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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