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Sharing the NASA Frontier Fields Story

8 Mar 2017, 15:18 UTC
Sharing the NASA Frontier Fields Story
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NASA’s Frontier Fields program has reached a critical point. The observations by NASA’s Great Observatories (Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra) are nearing completion, and the full data are nearly all online for astronomers (or anybody else for that matter) to study. To herald this part of the program, the Frontier Fields were highlighted at the January American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Grapevine, Texas, where over 2,500 astronomers gathered to discuss the cosmos. A new exhibit was displayed to help tell the story of the Frontier Fields program to the science community. We share that story with you below.
Shown here is the NASA Frontier Fields exhibit at the 229th AAS meeting, in Grapevine, Texas. Credit: Z. Levay (STScI)

NASA’s Great Observatories Team Up to View the Distant Universe

The Frontier Fields is a program developed collaboratively by the astronomical community. Despite the fact that observations are coming to an end, the wealth of data being added to NASA archives will ensure new discoveries for years to come.
The NASA Frontier Fields observations are providing the data for astronomers to

expand our understanding of how galaxies change with time
discover and study very distant galaxies
refining our mathematical models ...

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