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Video: Launching the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission to Study the Mysterious Magnetic Reconnection Video in Story

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

In March of 2015, an unprecedented NASA mission will launch to study a process so mysterious that no one has ever directly measured it in action.


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Evicted? Possible Black Hole Found 2,600 Light Years from Home

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An international team of researchers analyzing decades of observations from many facilities -- including the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on Haleakala and NASA's Swift satellite -- has discovered what appears to be a black hole booted from it's host galaxy.

Sudden Appearance of Galaxies Detected in the Early Universe

Sudden Appearance of Galaxies Detected in the Early Universe

A team of astronomers using the Subaru Telescope's Suprime-Cam to perform the Subaru Ultra-Deep Survey for Lyman-alpha Emitters have looked back more than 13 billion years to find 7 early galaxies that appeared quite suddenly within 700 million years of the Big Bang.


Spooky Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light Years

Spooky Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light Years

Quasars are galaxies with very active supermassive black holes at their centres.


Youthful Compact Galaxies

Youthful Compact Galaxies

Researchers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory have uncovered young, massive, compact galaxies whose raucous star-making parties are ending early.


The Answer is Blowing in the Intergalactic Wind

The Answer is Blowing in the Intergalactic Wind

Astronomers from the University of Toronto and the University of Arizona have provided the first direct evidence that an intergalactic "wind" is stripping galaxies of star-forming gas as they fall into clusters of galaxies.


X-ray Telescopes Find Black Hole May Be a Neutrino Factory

X-ray Telescopes Find Black Hole May Be a Neutrino Factory

The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be producing mysterious particles called neutrinos.


ALMA Finds Best Evidence Yet for Galactic Merger in Distant Protocluster

ALMA Finds Best Evidence Yet for Galactic Merger in Distant Protocluster

Nestled among a triplet of young galaxies more than 12.5 billion light-years away is a cosmic powerhouse: a galaxy that is producing stars nearly 1,000 times faster than our own Milky Way.


Astronomers Discover First Flashes of Lightning from a Black Hole

Astronomers Discover First Flashes of Lightning from a Black Hole

An international group of researchers with the participation of the Astronomic Observatory of the Universitat de València has discovered the first lightning bolts from a black hole by eruption with the strongest brightness variations in an extragalactic object ever observed.


Follow the Dust to Find Planets

Follow the Dust to Find Planets

Researchers studying what appears to be a beefed-up version of our solar system have discovered that it is encased in a halo of fine dust. The findings are based on infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory, in which NASA is a partner.


Astronomers Dissect the Aftermath of a Supernova

Astronomers Dissect the Aftermath of a Supernova

In research published today in the Astrophysical Journal, an Australian led team of astronomers has used radio telescopes in Australia and Chile to see inside the remains of a supernova.


NASA Reveals Mysteries of Interstellar Space

NASA Reveals Mysteries of Interstellar Space

The new Paramount film "Interstellar" imagines a future where astronauts must find a new planet suitable for human life after climate change destroys the Earth's ability to sustain us.


Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Mission Cleared for Next Development Phase

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Mission Cleared for Next Development Phase

NASA has officially confirmed the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission, clearing it to move forward into the development phase.


Near-Infrared Data Could Change the Way We Think About Galaxies

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By looking at the dark spaces between visible galaxies and stars the NASA/JPL CIBER sounding rocket experiment has produced data that could redefine what constitutes a galaxy.


Hubble Surveys Debris-Strewn Exoplanetary Disks

Hubble Surveys Debris-Strewn Exoplanetary Disks

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have completed the largest and most sensitive visible-light imaging survey of dusty debris disks around other stars.


ALMA Image Reveals Planetary Genesis

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This new image from ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, reveals extraordinarily fine detail that has never been seen before in the planet-forming disc around a young star.


Mysterious G2 Cloud Near Black Hole Identified

Mysterious G2 Cloud Near Black Hole Identified

The mystery about a thin, bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way headed toward our galaxy's enormous black hole has been solved by UCLA astronomers using the W. M. Keck Observatory, home of the two largest telescopes on Earth.


Fifteen Years of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory

Fifteen Years of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory

This Chandra X-ray Observatory image of the Hydra A galaxy cluster was taken on Oct. 30, 1999, with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) in an observation that lasted about six hours.



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