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Arp 142, two interacting galaxies, observed in near- and mid-infrared light. At left is NGC 2937, nicknamed the Egg. Its center is the brighter and whiter. There are six diffraction spikes atop its gauzy blue layers. At right is NGC 2936, nicknamed the Penguin. Its beak-like region points toward and above the Egg. Where the eye would be is a small, opaque yellow spiral. The Penguin’s distorted arms form the bird’s beak, back, and tail. The tail is wide and layered, like a beta fish’s tail. A semi-transparent blue hue traces the Penguin and extends from the galaxy, creating an upside-down U over top of both galaxies. At top right is another galaxy seen from the side, pointing roughly at a 45-degree angle. It is largely light blue. Its length appears approximately as long as the Egg’s height. One foreground star with large, bright blue diffraction spikes appears over top of the galaxy and another near it. The entire black background is filled with tiny, extremely distant galaxies.

Vivid Portrait of Interacting Galaxies Marks Webb’s Second Anniversary

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Two for two! A duo of interacting galaxies commemorates the second science anniversary of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which takes constant observations, including images and highly detailed data known as spectra. Its operations have led to a “parade” of…

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A spiral galaxy seen almost face-on. Large spiral arms whirl out from its center, filling the scene. They glow faintly blue from the stars within, with some small bright patches of blue and pink marking areas of star formation. Thin filaments of dark reddish dust that block light overlay the stars. The galaxy’s center shines brightly white.

Hubble Measures the Distance to a Supernova

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Measuring the distance to truly remote objects like galaxies, quasars, and galaxy clusters is a crucial task in astrophysics, particularly when it comes to studying the early universe, but it’s a difficult one to complete. We can only measure the…

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Distant and nearby galaxies dot an inky-black background. Bright foreground stars hold four diffraction spikes.

NASA’s Hubble Traces Dark Matter in Dwarf Galaxy Using Stellar Motions

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The qualities and behavior of dark matter, the invisible “glue” of the universe, continue to be shrouded in mystery. Though galaxies are mostly made of dark matter, understanding how it is distributed within a galaxy offers clues to what this…

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Surfing NASA’s Internet of Animals: Satellites Study Ocean Wildlife

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Anchoring the boat in a sandbar, research scientist Morgan Gilmour steps into the shallows and is immediately surrounded by sharks. The warm waters around the tropical island act as a reef shark nursery, and these baby biters are curious about…

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NASA Deputy Administrator Strengthens Ties in Japan, Republic of Korea

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NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy will visit Japan and the Republic of Korea beginning Thursday, July 11, to underscore the critical role of international cooperation in advancing space exploration and technology development. During her week-long visit to the region, Melroy…

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The central region of the globular star cluster Omega Centauri. It appears as a collection of myriad stars colored red, white, and blue on the black background of space.

NASA’s Hubble Finds Strong Evidence for Intermediate-Mass Black Hole in Omega Centauri

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Most known black holes are either extremely massive, like the supermassive black holes that lie at the cores of large galaxies, or relatively lightweight, with a mass of under 100 times that of the Sun. Intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) are…

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An image with bright light originating from the North pole of the Sun.

Celebrate the Heliophysics Big Year with Free Heliophysics and Math Webinars from NASA HEAT

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The Heliophysics Big Year (HBY) is a global celebration of the Sun’s influence on Earth and the entire solar system. It began with the Annular Solar Eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023, continued through the Total Solar Eclipse on Apr. 8,…

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Finn Braun stands behind a lectern and to the left of Dr. Pascal Lee. Both are in front of a slide showing their design for a lunar ATV. A model of a lunar module is in front of them, on a table.

NASA’s Neurodiversity Network Interns Speak at National Space Development Conference

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Two high school interns funded by NASA’s Neurodiversity Network (N3) presented their work from Summer 2023 at the recent National Space Society (NSS) International Space Development Conference (ISDC-2024), held in Los Angeles, CA (May 23-26, 2024). Both interns were mentored…

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Seen against a black background, a long filament extends off the Sun. The Sun is in reds and yellows. The filament is thing and extends off the Sun, against the black background.

NASA Mission to Study Mysteries in the Origin of Solar Radio Waves

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UPDATE: ESA’s Ariane 6 launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, as scheduled at 3:00 p.m. EDT on July 9, 2024. CURIE successfully deployed from the rocket and is expected to establish ground communications next week. NASA’s…

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Randi Neff of the NASA SciAct-funded Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative presents at the National Rural STEM Learning Summit.

NASA Science Activation Teams Present at National Rural STEM Summit

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NASA Science Activation (SciAct) teams participated in the National Rural STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Summit held June 4-7, 2024 in Tucson, Arizona. Hosted by Kalman Mannis of the Rural Activation and Innovation Network (Arizona Science Center) and the…

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