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Nearby Star's Icy Debris Suggests 'Shepherd' Planet

A team of astronomers exploring the disk of gas and dust around a nearby star have uncovered a cloud of poisonous gas formed by ongoing rapid-fire collisions among a swarm of icy, comet-like bodies.
Video: Colliding Comets Hint at Unseen Exoplanet

NASA-Sponsored 'Disk Detective' Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.
Disk Detective Website

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

Astronomers have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in the history of the universe.

Hubble Images Become Tactile 3-D Experience for the Blind

Astronomers Carol Christian and Antonella Nota are experimenting with 3-D printers to transform astronomy education by turning images from HST into tactile 3-D pictures for the blind.

Hubble Traces Subtle Signals of Water on Hazy Worlds

Using the powerful­ eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets.
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Laboratory News

2013 Robert H. Goddard Awards for ASD

Science (Individual and Team Recognition) Elizabeth Hays (661), Aki Roberge (667), Charles Bowers (667)
Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity (Individual and Team Recognition John Baker (663), Jane Rigby (665)
Mentoring (Individual and Team Recognition) The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII) Team - Stephen Rinehart (665)
Outreach (Individual and Team Recognition) Amber Straughn (665)
Robert H. Goddard Award of Merit (Individual Only) Alice Harding (663)

Congratulations to Mark Clampin

Congratulations to Dr Mark Clampin who has been elected a 2014 Fellow of the SPIE. This is for his achievements in astronomical optics.

Aki Roberge - Looking for Life In All the Right Places

A Q&A with Aki Roberg, Research Astrophysicist in 667, the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory is hosted on the NASA portal. Find out more about Aki...
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The Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory studies the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems using advanced telescopes and theoretical techniques. We develop new technology and ideas that help us understand our place in the universe. Research also contributes to the search for Earth-like planets and habitable environments around other stars. Key areas of research include exoplanet searches and theoretical modeling, stellar debris disks, young stellar objects, stellar astrophysics, and numerical modeling of planetary system evolution.

Astrophysical Research:
Extrasolar Planets, Debris Disks, Young Stellar Objects, Stellar Astrophysics, Theory, Coronagraphic imagers, Ultraviolet detectors, Integral Field Spectroscopy

Hubble, Herschel, LBTI, TESS, JWST, WFC3, STIS

Future Mission Concepts

Our Exoplanets Seminar Series meets Tuesdays at 11:30 in Build. 34, Rm. E215.

The Stellar and Extragalactic Astronomy Lunch meets Thursdays at noon in Build. 34, Rm. E215.

2012 National Capital Area Disks Meeting

Interested in joining our team?
Apply for a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellowship, a NASA Graduate Student fellowship or for a Sagan fellowship. Next due dates: Jul 1 (NPP), Nov 5 (Sagan).

As part of the EPOXI mission's objectives to characterize the Earth as a planet for comparison with planets around other stars, the spacecraft looked back at Earth collecting a series of images.

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