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Webb Study Reveals Rocky Planets Can Form in Extreme Environments

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An international team of astronomers has used NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to provide the first observation of water and other molecules in the highly irradiated inner, rocky-planet-forming regions of a disk in one of the most extreme environments in…

Webb Telescope: A prominent protostar in Perseus

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This new Picture of the Month from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope reveals intricate details of the Herbig Haro object 797 (HH 797). Herbig-Haro objects are luminous regions surrounding newborn stars (known as protostars), and are formed when stellar winds or…

NASA’s Webb Reveals New Features in Heart of Milky Way

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The latest image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope shows a portion of the dense center of our galaxy in unprecedented detail, including never-before-seen features astronomers have yet to explain. The star-forming region, named Sagittarius C (Sgr C), is about…

Webb Follows Neon Signs Toward New Thinking on Planet Formation

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Scientists are following neon signs in a search for clues to one planetary system’s future and the past of another – our own solar system. Following up on a peculiar reading by NASA’s previous infrared flagship observatory, the now-retired Spitzer…

Webb Telescope’s Marcia Rieke Awarded Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal

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Dr. Marcia Rieke, principal investigator for the Near-Infrared Camera on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s (ASP) 2023 recipient of its most prestigious award. ASP’s Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal honors Rieke, a Regents…

NASA’s Webb, Hubble Combine to Create Most Colorful View of Universe

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope have united to study an expansive galaxy cluster known as MACS0416. The resulting panchromatic image combines visible and infrared light to assemble one of the most comprehensive views of the universe…

NASA’s Webb Findings Support Long-Proposed Process of Planet Formation

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Scientists using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope just made a breakthrough discovery in revealing how planets are made. By observing water vapor in protoplanetary disks, Webb confirmed a physical process involving the drifting of ice-coated solids from the outer regions…

NASA Telescopes Discover Record-Breaking Black Hole

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Astronomers have discovered the most distant black hole yet seen in X-rays, using NASA telescopes. The black hole is at an early stage of growth that had never been witnessed before, where its mass is similar to that of its…

NASA’s Sandra Irish Wins 2023 Society of Women Engineers Award

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Sandra Irish, mechanical systems lead structures engineer for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, has been selected to receive the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Resnik Challenger Medal Award for her visionary contributions to the development, testing, transport, and launch of…

NASA’s Webb Telescope Improves Simulation Software

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The James Webb Space Telescope truly explores the unknown, displaying stunning images of previously unseen corners of the universe only possible because of the telescope’s 21-foot segmented mirror that unfurled and assembled itself in space. Decades of testing went into…

The Crab Nebula Seen in New Light by NASA’s Webb

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Exquisite, never-before-seen details help unravel the supernova remnant’s puzzling history. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has gazed at the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant located 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus. Since the recording of this energetic event in…

NASA’s Webb Discovers New Feature in Jupiter’s Atmosphere

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Narrow jet stream near equator has winds traveling 320 miles per hour NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has discovered a new, never-before-seen feature in Jupiter’s atmosphere. The high-speed jet stream, which spans more than 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) wide, sits…

Webb Detects Tiny Quartz Crystals in the Clouds of a Hot Gas Giant

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Image: WASP-17 b Illustration Researchers using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have detected evidence for quartz nanocrystals in the high-altitude clouds of WASP-17 b, a hot Jupiter exoplanet 1,300 light-years from Earth. The detection, which was uniquely possible with MIRI…

NASA’s Webb Captures an Ethereal View of NGC 346

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Download the full-resolution version from the Space Telescope Science Institute. Filaments of dust and gas festoon this star-forming region in a new infrared image from MIRI. One of the greatest strengths of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is its ability…

NASA’s Roman Mission Gears Up for a Torrent of Future Data

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NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope team is exploring ways to support community efforts that will prepare for the deluge of data the mission will return. Recently selected infrastructure teams will serve a vital role in the preliminary work by…

Hubble’s Multi-Wavelength View of Recently-Released Webb Image

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Hubble is sharing a brand new galaxy image every day through October 7, 2023! Visit our website daily, or follow along on X, Facebook, and Instagram. Patches of bright pink and wisps of dark red paint the foreground of this…

NASA’s Webb Receives IAF Award

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The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) has awarded its World Space Award to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The award will be presented at the 2023 International Astronautical Congress, taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 2 through Oct. 6, 2023.   …

NASA’s Webb Finds Carbon Source on Surface of Jupiter’s Moon Europa

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Astronomers using data from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have identified carbon dioxide in a specific region on the icy surface of Jupiters moon Europa.

NASA’s Webb Telescope Inspires ARTECHOUSE Exhibit, Public Art

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“Certain art cannot be described, it must be seen and experienced,” reads a sign in front of “Beyond the Light,” a new immersive visual experience inspired by NASA images. Over the 25-minute duration of NASA’s collaboration with digital art space…

NASA’s Webb Snaps Supersonic Outflow of Young Star

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Herbig-Haro (HH) objects are luminous regions surrounding newborn stars, formed when stellar winds or jets of gas spewing from these newborn stars form shock waves colliding with nearby gas and dust at high speeds. This image of HH 211 from…

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