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NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

Lagoon Nebula (Visible-light View)

Hubble gives us a window seat to the universe’s extraordinary stellar tapestry of birth and destruction.

Two Hubble Views of the Same Stellar Nursery

Two Hubble images compare two diverse views of the roiling heart of a vast stellar nursery, known as the Lagoon Nebula.

Where is the Universe's Missing Matter?

Astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory have probed the gas-filled haloes around galaxies in a quest to find ‘missing’ matter thought to reside there, but have come up empty-handed.

Hubble Catches a Colossal Cluster

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a massive galaxy cluster glowing brightly in the darkness.

Do-It-Yourself Science: Because We Are All Explorers

In the mornings, Sylvia Beer sits at the desktop computer in her living room with a cup of coffee and looks for ridges on Mars.

New Exoplanet Collaboration Hosts Meeting to Explore Molecular Seeds of Life

The Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) hosts its first annual symposium April 9-13. Researchers will discuss how our knowledge of the early solar system can help the hunt for life on other worlds.

Hubble Finds an Einstein Ring

These graceful arcs are a cosmic phenomenon known as an Einstein ring - created as the light from distant galaxies warps around an extremely large mass, like a galaxy cluster.

Hubble Makes the First Precise Distance Measurement to an Ancient Globular Star Cluster

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time precisely measured the distance to one of the oldest objects in the universe.

Scientists Surprised by Relentless Cosmic Cold Front

The researchers used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to study a cold front located in the Perseus galaxy cluster that extends for about two million light years, or about 10 billion billion miles.

Hubble Uncovers the Farthest Star Ever Seen

More than halfway across the universe, an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen.

Hubble's Curious Case of a Calcium-rich Supernovae

NGC 5714 is a spiral galaxy, but that feature is hard to see, as NGC 1787 presents itself at an almost perfectly edge-on angle.

Hubble's Curious Case of a Calcium-rich Supernova

NGC 5714 is a spiral galaxy, but that feature is hard to see, as NGC 1787 presents itself at an almost perfectly edge-on angle.

NASA Prepares to Launch Next Mission to Search Sky for New Worlds

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is undergoing final preparations in Florida for its April 16 launch to find undiscovered worlds around nearby stars, providing targets where future studies will assess their capacity to harbor life.

Dark Matter Goes Missing in Oddball Galaxy

Galaxies and dark matter go together like peanut butter and jelly. You typically don't find one without the other.

NASA’s Webb Observatory Requires More Time for Testing and Evaluation; New Launch Window Under Review

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope currently is undergoing final integration and test phases that will require more time to ensure a successful mission. After an independent assessment of remaining tasks for the highly complex space observatory, Webb’s previously revised 2019 launch window now is targeted for approximately May 2020.

New Study Shows What Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua Can Teach Us

The first interstellar object ever seen in our solar system, named ‘Oumuamua, is giving scientists a fresh perspective on how planets, asteroids and comets form.

Hubble’s Exquisite View of a Stellar Nursery

An underlying population of infant stars embedded in the nebula NGC 346 are still forming from gravitationally collapsing gas clouds.

Hubble Solves Cosmic 'Whodunit' with Interstellar Forensics

On the outskirts of our galaxy, a cosmic tug-of-war is unfolding-and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope can see who's winning.

NASA Scientist to Discuss 'Finding Our Origins with the Hubble and Webb Telescopes' at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called "Finding Our Origins with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes," with Dr. Jonathan Gardner in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT.

NASA to Discuss Upcoming Launch of Next Planet Hunter

Join NASA at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 28, as astrophysics experts discuss the upcoming launch of NASA's next planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

Hubble’s Messier Catalog

While the Hubble Space Telescope has not produced images of every object in the Messier catalog, it has observed 93 of them as of February 2018.

NASA’s James Webb Observatory Prepares for Additional Testing

Engineers removed the combined optics and science instruments of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope from their shipping container in a high bay at Northrop Grumman on March 8, signaling the next step in the observatory’s integration and testing.

Arrested Development: Hubble Finds Relic Galaxy Close to Home

Astronomers have put NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on an Indiana Jones-type quest to uncover an ancient "relic galaxy" in our own cosmic backyard.

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Make a Splash in Search for Interstellar Water

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will peer into these cosmic reservoirs to gain new insights into the origin and evolution of water and other key building blocks for habitable planets.
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