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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.

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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.
Mission home page

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


This animated gif is an artist's concept of the planet AU Mic b and its young parent star NASA's TESS, Spitzer Missions Discover a World Orbiting a Unique Young Star

The newly discovered planet's parent star is still encircled by the disk of material from which both objects formed, giving scientists a glimpse at early planet evolution.

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Artist's concept of animation shows a type of gas giant planet known as a hot Jupiter Young Giant Planet Offers Clues to Formation of Exotic Worlds

Jupiter-size planets orbiting close to their stars have upended ideas about how giant planets form. Finding young members of this planet class could help answer key questions.

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This illustration shows magnetic field lines protruding from a highly magnetic neutron star A Cosmic Baby Is Discovered, and It's Brilliant

Born from an exploded star, the infant magnetar belongs to a family of extreme objects called neutron stars. Its discovery may lend insight into these strange phenomena.

Read more (Jun. 17)

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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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