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Runaway Star Might Explain Black Hole's Disappearing Act

The telltale sign that the black hole was feeding vanished, perhaps when a star interrupted the feast. The event could lend new insight into these mysterious objects.

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Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge eruption of dust around a star called NGC 2547-ID8. In this plot, infrared brightness is represented on the vertical axis, and time on the horizontal axis.

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Astrophysics Missions

Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Uses ultraviolet wavelengths to measure the history of star formation 80 percent of the way back to the Big Bang.
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Exoplanet
Updates, documents, and in-depth information about NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program.
Exoplanet web site

Keck Interferometer
Links two 10-meter (33-foot) telescopes, which form the world's most powerful optical telescope system.
Telescope home page

Kepler Mission
The Kepler Mission will search for Earth-like planets with the "transit" method.
Kepler home page

Palomar Observatory
A joint effort between JPL and the California Institute of Technology, the Palomar Observatory houses a collection of famous telescopes.
Palomar home page

PlanetQuest web site
The latest news, images, and information about NASA's search for exoplanets and another Earth.
PlanetQuest web site

Spitzer Space Telescope
Uses infrared technology to study celestial objects that are too cool, too dust-enshrouded or too far away to otherwise be seen.
Mission home page

Voyager to the Outer Planets
Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
Mission home page

Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE is mapping the entire sky in infrared light, uncovering the coolest stars, the universe's most luminous galaxies and some of the darkest near-Earth asteroids and comets.
Mission home page


Brown dwarf artist concept Two Bizarre Brown Dwarfs Found With Citizen Scientists' Help

Data from NASA's NEOWISE mission, managed by the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, fuels the search for these not-quite-planets-but-not-quite-stars.

(Jul. 10)

Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE appears as a string of fuzzy red dots Comet NEOWISE Sizzles as It Slides by the Sun, Providing a Treat for Observers

Catch the comet in the morning sky until July 11, after which you can find it just after sunset until mid-August.

Read more (Jul. 8)

Artist's concept shows a supermassive black hole Black Hole Collision May Have Exploded With Light

In a first, astronomers may have seen light from the merger of two black holes, providing opportunities to learn about these mysterious dark objects.

Read more (Jun. 25)

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White smokers Underwater ‘White Smoker’ Vents: Is This Where Life Began?

Where did life originate on Earth? Could the process hold clues for finding life elsewhere?

Artist concept of Spitzer NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope: Unveiling the Universe

After 16 years of unveiling the infrared universe, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has left a singular legacy.

NEID NASA's New Planet Tracker, NEID

A new NASA-funded planet-hunting instrument has been installed on the WIYN telescope, on Arizona’s Kitt Peak.

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