NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 3 Oct 2017, 19:10 UTC The first direct observations of gravitational waves have earned the Nobel Prize in Physics for three key players in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) collaboration. Caltech professors emeritus Kip S. Thorne and Barry C. Barish, along with MIT professor emeritus Rainer Weiss, have been named winners of the prize.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 3 Oct 2017, 17:00 UTC This graphic shows two of five new pairs of supermassive black holes recently identified by astronomers using a combination of data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Wide-Field Infrared Sky Explorer Survey (WISE), the ground-based Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO (MaNGA) survey. This discovery could help astronomers better understand how giant black holes grow and how they may produce the strongest gravitational wave signals in the Universe, as described in our press release.
ESA Human Spaceflight and Exploration 2 Oct 2017, 11:03 UTC On 18 September 2017, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli shot this beautiful time-lapse showing the Moon rising above the Earth’s horizon together with Mercury, Mars, the star Regulus, and Venus.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 29 Sep 2017, 19:09 UTC An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and on the surface.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 29 Sep 2017, 14:00 UTC Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere, but it does have a strange weather pattern: morning micro-meteor showers.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center 29 Sep 2017, 13:41 UTC In the center of a rich cluster of galaxies located in the direction of the constellation of Coma Berenices, lies a galaxy surrounded by a swarm of star clusters. NGC 4874 is a giant elliptical galaxy, about ten times larger than the Milky Way, at the center of the Coma Galaxy Cluster. With its strong gravitational pull, it is able to hold onto more than 30,000 globular clusters of stars, more than any other galaxy that we know of, and even has a few dwarf galaxies in its grasp.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 28 Sep 2017, 18:09 UTC