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Hubble’s Galaxies With Knots, Bursts

In the northern constellation of Coma Berenices lies the impressive Coma Cluster — a structure of over a thousand galaxies bound together by gravity.

Three NASA Missions Return 1st-Light Data

NASA’s continued quest to explore our solar system and beyond received a boost of new information this week with three key missions proving not only that they are up and running, but that their science potential is exceptional.

NASA’s TESS Shares First Science Image in Hunt to Find New Worlds

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which began science operations in July, has released its first full frame image using all four of its cameras.

Hubble Uncovers Never-Before-Seen Features Around a Neutron Star

An unusual infrared light emission from a nearby neutron star detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope could indicate new features never before seen.

Hubble Goes Wide to Seek Out Far-Flung Galaxies

A new Hubble observing campaign will boldly expand the space telescope's view into largely uncharted regions of the universe.

Hubble Peers into a Galaxy’s Dusty Haze

Galaxy NGC 4036 is known for its irregular lanes of dust, which form a swirling spiral pattern around the center of the galaxy.

Success in Critical Communications Tests for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

When NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches in 2021, it will write a new chapter in cosmic history.

Hubble’s Lucky Observation of an Enigmatic Cloud

The little-known nebula IRAS 05437+2502 billows out among the bright stars and dark dust clouds that surround it.

A Piercing Celestial Eye Stares Back at Hubble

This dramatic image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the planetary nebula NGC 3918.

The ‘Gloo’ Behind James Webb Space Telescopes Spider Technology

The device pictured here is designed to securely guide small cooling and exhaust tubes throughout the observatory.

Births, deaths and collisions: Swift’s telescope snaps one millionth UV image

The Ultraviolet Optical Telescope (UVOT) aboard the NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory captured its millionth image on May 13.

Hubble’s Treasure Chest of Galaxies

Galaxies abound in this spectacular Hubble image; spiral arms swirl in all colors and orientations.

Hubble Paints Picture of the Evolving Universe

Astronomers have just assembled one of the most comprehensive portraits yet of the universe’s evolutionary history.

NASA’s NICER Does the Space Station Twist

This time-lapse video, obtained June 8, 2018, shows NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) as it studies pulsars and other X-ray sources from its perch aboard the International Space Station.

Hubble Views Striking Carbon Star in Colorful Cluster

Hubble captured the colorful globular cluster NGC 2108, nestled within the Large Magellanic Cloud in the constellation of the Swordfish (Dorado).

Time Saving Tooling Rods Used on NASA's Webb Telescope Sunshield

Folding and refolding bed sheets to ensure they are squared can take a lot of time. It's the same with unfurling and folding up NASA's massive James Webb Space Telescope sunshield during testing.

Water Is Destroyed, Then Reborn in Ultrahot Jupiters

Ultrahot Jupiters are planets with scorching daysides, where water molecules are ripped apart, only to re-form on the planets' nightsides, according to a new study.

NASA’s Planet-Hunting TESS Catches a Comet Before Starting Science

Before NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) started science operations on July 25, 2018, the planet hunter sent back a stunning sequence of serendipitous images showing the motion of a comet.

Hubble Probes the Distant Past

This Hubble image demonstrates the immense effects of gravity; more specifically, it shows the effects of gravitational lensing caused by a galaxy cluster.

Hubble Images Milky Way’s Big Sister

This Hubble image shows a beautiful spiral galaxy called NGC 6744. At first glance, it resembles our Milky Way albeit larger, measuring more than 200,000 light-years across compared to a 100,000-light-year diameter for our home galaxy.

NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Starts Science Operations

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has started its search for planets around nearby stars, officially beginning science operations on July 25, 2018.

NASA Goddard’s Science Jamboree Connects Disciplines and Interns

The Goddard Science Jamboree provides an opportunity for interns and senior scientists alike to learn more about the science happening in other disciplines in one room.

Saturn and Mars Team Up to Make Their Closest Approaches to Earth in 2018

Hubble captured Saturn and Mars near their closest approaches to Earth in June and July 2018.

NASA's Most Technically Complex Space Observatory Requires Precision

The James Webb Space Telescope is of one the most ambitious and technically complex missions NASA has ever set its focus upon.

NASA Launches X-ray Telescope on Sounding Rocket to Study Star Wreckage

The High-Resolution Microcalorimeter X-ray Imaging Rocket (Micro-X) briefly launched into space to map the elements of Cassiopeia A, expanding debris from an exploded star.
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