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Photo of large-area CAT grating size compared to US quarter coin
Jan 8, 2018

This blog post originated in the 2016 Science Mission Directorate Technology Highlights Report (20 MB PDF). Technology Development X-... Read more

Image of polarization measurements capturing the structure of the magnetic field in the Orion star forming region.
Dec 29, 2017

NASA’s flying observatory SOFIA, is preparing for its 2018 observing campaign, which will include observations of celestial magnetic fields, star-forming regions, comets, Saturn’s giant moon Titan... Read more

Composite image of the Perseus galaxy cluster using data from Chandra X-ray Observatory, ESA’s XMM-Newton and Hitomi.
Dec 20, 2017

An innovative interpretation of X-ray data from a cluster of galaxies could help scientists fulfill a quest they have been on for decades:... Read more

The Kepler-90 system is the first to tie with our solar system in number of planets.
Dec 14, 2017

Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The... Read more

2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Dec 7, 2017

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Dec. 11-15 in New Orleans. NASA-related briefings... Read more

X-ray source J0045+41
Dec 1, 2017

It seems like even black holes can’t resist the temptation to insert themselves unannounced into photographs. A cosmic photobomb found as a... Read more

Artist’s depiction of Comet C/2012 K1 (also called Pan-STARRS) and its coma during its first approach into the solar system.
Nov 9, 2017

Researchers onboard NASA’s flying observatory examined a new comet as it made its first approach through our solar system. ... Read more

star field with galaxies and scratch marks
Nov 3, 2017

Like rude relatives who jump in front of your vacation snapshots of landscapes, some of our solar system's asteroids have photobombed deep images of... Read more

Artist’s concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk
Nov 1, 2017

Black holes are famous for being ravenous eaters, but they do not eat everything that falls toward them. A small portion of material gets shot back... Read more

Gallery of Hubble images
Oct 23, 2017

In a nod to the global amateur astronomy community, as well as to any space enthusiast who enjoys the beauty of the cosmos, the Hubble Space... Read more