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NASA’s Webb to Uncover Riches of the Early Universe

NASA’s next flagship observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, is poised to add new riches to our wealth of knowledge not only by capturing images from galaxies that existed as early as the first few hundred million years after the big bang, but also by giving us detailed data known as spectra.

NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day Recognized for Decades of Outreach

NASA's APOD has been honored by the International Astronomical Union for decades of outreach.

Keith Gendreau: Keeping an Open Mind About Zombie Stars

Keith Gendreau brings an open mind and love for connecting ideas to his role as the principal investigator for NASA's NICER mission.

Hubble Snaps a Sea of Sequins

This star-studded image shows the globular cluster Terzan 9 in the constellation Sagittarius, toward the center of the Milky Way.

Dead Star Caught Ripping Up Planetary System

Both rocky and icy bodies were identified among the debris on the surface of a white dwarf star

NASA Telescope to Help Untangle Galaxy Growth, Dark Matter Makeup

NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will study wispy streams of stars that extend far beyond the edges of many galaxies. Astronomers will use these observations to explore how galaxies grow and the nature of dark matter.

Hubble Investigates an Enigmatic Star Cluster

Unlike most globular clusters, Ruprecht 106 may be what astronomers call a single population globular cluster.

Hubble Determines Mass of Isolated Black Hole Roaming Our Milky Way Galaxy

Astronomers estimate that 100 million black holes roam among the stars in our Milky Way galaxy, but they have never conclusively identified an isolated black hole.

Hubble Gazes at a Dazzling Star Cluster

The muted red tones of the globular cluster Liller 1 are partially obscured in this image by a dense scattering of piercingly blue stars.

First Images From NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Coming Soon

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will release its first full-color images and spectroscopic data on July 12, 2022.

Hubble Captures Pair of Star-Forming Spirals

This new image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope looks at two spiral galaxies, collectively known as Arp 303.

Hubble Views an Interacting Spiral

This image, taken by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, features the spiral galaxy NGC 3509.

Hubble Looks at a Face-On Grand Spiral

This image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope features the Grand Design Spiral, NGC 3631, located some 53 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major.

Geology from 50 Light-Years: Webb Gets Ready to Study Rocky Worlds

Researchers will train Webb’s high-precision spectrographs on two intriguing rocky exoplanets.

Hubble Captures a Galactic Dance

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image finds the large spiral galaxy, NGC 3227, wrapped in a turbulent gravitational dance with its companion, the elliptical galaxy NGC 3226.

Hubble Views A Twisted Spiral

NGC 3718 is a highly disturbed spiral galaxy with an unusual, warped shape that looks a bit like a plump letter “s” from Earth, with a thin thread of dark dust snaking through it.

NGC 541 Fuels an Irregular Galaxy in New Hubble Image

This striking pair is lenticular galaxy NGC 541 and an unusual star-forming, irregular dwarf galaxy known as Minkowski’s Object (the bluish object to the lower left of NGC 541).

Hubble Captures a Peculiar Pair

This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of IC 4271, also known as Arp 40, is a curious pair of spiral galaxies some 800 million light-years away.

Hubble Focuses on a Large Lenticular

This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image looks at one of the nearest, massive lenticular galaxies to Earth, NGC 1023 some 36 million light-years away.

Hubble Reaches New Milestone in Mystery of Universe's Expansion Rate

Completing a nearly 30-year marathon, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has calibrated more than 40 "milepost markers" of space and time to help scientists precisely measure the expansion rate of the universe.

Hubble Peers Through Giant Elliptical’s Layers

This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image captures the central region of the gigantic elliptical galaxy NGC 474.

Hubble Reveals a River of Star Formation

This newly revised NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Hickson Compact Group 31 (HCG 31) of galaxies highlights streams of star-formation as four dwarf galaxies interact.

Hubble Captures Giant Elliptical in the Head of the Serpent

This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image spotlights the giant elliptical galaxy, UGC 10143, at the heart of galaxy cluster, Abell 2147.

Satellites, the Space Race, and Supercomputing: How NASA Goddard’s Beowulf Cluster Computer Became an Award-Winning Space Technology

On April 7, Beowulf Cluster Computing was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. The Beowulf computer cluster was a breakthrough at NASA that enabled many other innovations. Virtually every area of science, math, and biology continue to be direct beneficiaries of this groundbreaking work.

A Small Sombrero for Hubble

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope images NGC 7814, known as the "Little Sombrero.”

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