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 Untangling the Remains of Cassiopeia A

Untangling the Remains of Cassiopeia A: By mapping titanium-44 in Cassiopeia A, astronomers get a direct look at what happened in the core of the star when it was blasted to smithereens.

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Hubble Finds Jets and Explosions in NGC 7793

09.26.2014
This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 7793, a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Sculptor some 13 million light-years away from Earth.

Hubble Feathers the Peacock

09.19.2014
This picture, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), shows a galaxy known as NGC 6872 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock).

Hubble Helps Find Smallest Known Galaxy Containing a Supermassive Black Hole

09.17.2014
Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground observation have found an unlikely object in an improbable place - a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies.

Hubble Paints a Spattering of Blue

09.12.2014
This image, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, combines a wide range of wavelengths spanning the ultraviolet, optical, and infrared parts of the spectrum.

James Webb Space Telescope's "Mirror Mattress"

09.12.2014
The backplane of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks like the springs in a mattress. In this photo, you see the central part of the three-part backplane, tilted to its side, much like a mattress.
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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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