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  • Fuzzy blobs hold the secret of gamma-ray bursts

    1999April 6, 2011

    Astronomers have released a new Hubble photograph of a gamma-ray burst's fading optical counterpart. The relic fireball appears to be embedded in a faint, irregular galaxy.

  • After three decades of study, Gamma-ray Burstsstill mystify

    1999April 6, 2011

    Over the last three decades, Gamma-ray Burstshave been one of the most mysterious phenomena in astrophysics. In preparation for next week's 5th biennial Huntsville Gamma Ray Burst Symposium, Science@NASA caught up with Dr. Gerald Fishman for an interview about bursts and the symposium.

  • Chandra will target the age of the Universe

    1999April 6, 2011

    Astronomers plan to combine radio images of galaxy clusters with new data from the Chandra X-ray Observatoryand open a new window on the history of the Universe.

  • Relics of the Big Bang

    1999April 6, 2011

    When NASA's FUSE spacecraft launches later this month, scientists will gain a new tool to use in the search for the "fossil record" of cosmology.

  • Why launch Chandra at night?

    1999Sept. 20, 2011

    Blame Newton and Kepler: Chandra's beautiful early morning launch will place it into an orbit unlike that of NASA's other Great Observatories.

  • Astronomers get a special star for their Christmas tree

    1999April 6, 2011

    Gamma-ray burst located, and viewed by several instruments simultaneously.

  • Here Comes the Blue Moon

    1999April 6, 2011

    The second Blue Moon of 1999 takes place this Wednesday night. This article explains how to see it and explores the history of the expression "Blue Moon."

  • Prospecting inside a Supernova

    1999April 6, 2011

    Chandra x-ray data from stellar explosions.

  • Next stop: the stars

    1999April 6, 2011

    NASA's next Great Observatory, the Chandra x-ray telescope, moved one step closer to launch this week after being installed in a clean room for final tests and other work at the Kennedy Space Center.

  • Astrobiologists To Hunt Small Game in Siberia

    1999April 6, 2011

    NASA and Russian scientists are setting out to Siberia to hunt small game, microbes whose life styles may hold clues to the possibilities for life elsewhere in the solar system. Their trek is part of NASA's Astrobiologyprogram.