This blog post originated in the 2015 Science Mission Directorate Technology Highlights Report (2 MB PDF).
The NICER instrument which will explore neutron stars launched to the International Space Station.
30 million years from now, a massive cloud of gas will collide with the Milky Way. Astronomers are studying the incoming cloud and learning more about its origin.
In 1963, an astronomy student named Gail Smith working at an observatory in the Netherlands discovered something odd—a massive cloud of gas orbiting the Milky Way galaxy. Smith’s cloud contained enough gas to make 2 million stars the size of our sun, and it was moving through space at 700,000 mph... Read More
Researchers using NASA's Kepler space telescope have found evidence of strong magnetic fields in the cores of stars--a finding that could upset theories of stellar evolution.
Some scientists ply their trade at lab benches, working with test tubes and Bunsen burners.
Others spend time in the backcountry, analyzing rocks and landforms.
But some astronomers… use stars as their laboratory
Newsflash: Assembly of the next great space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is now underway at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Launch target: 2018.
JWST is an infrared telescope, which means it will sense the heat of stars and galaxies millions and even billions of light... Read More