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This star-studded Hubble image shows NGC 6717, which is more than 20,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius.
Hubble Captures a Sparkling Cluster
NASA plans to launch the James Webb Space Telescope on Dec. 18, 2021, to serve as the premier deep space observatory for the next decade.
NASA Readies James Webb Space Telescope for December Launch
The discovery could have consequences for how astronomers measure the ages of star clusters, which contain the oldest known stars in the universe.
Hubble Discovers Hydrogen-Burning White Dwarfs Enjoying Slow Aging
This striking image features a relatively rare celestial phenomenon known as a Herbig-Haro object.
Hubble Snaps Speedy Star Jets
Brown dwarfs aren’t quite stars and aren’t quite planets, and a new study suggests there might be more in our galaxy than scientists thought.
Accidental Discovery Hints at a Hidden Population of Cosmic Objects
Clustered at the center of this image are six brilliant spots of light. Appearances can be deceiving, however.
Hubble Sees Cosmic Quintuple
Gene Roddenberry would have been 100 years old on Aug. 19, 2021, and we at NASA celebrate his legacy.
Star Trek and NASA: Celebrating the Connection
When NASA's James Webb Space Telescope begins operations in 2022, one of its first tasks will be to map the earliest structures in the universe.
Mapping the Universe's Earliest Structures with COSMOS-Webb
The newly discovered feature offers insight into the large-scale structure of our galaxy, which is difficult to study from Earth’s position inside it.
Astronomers Find a ‘Break' in One of the Milky Way's Spiral Arms
Nestled among the vast clouds of star-forming regions like this one lie potential clues about the formation of our own solar system.
Hubble Peers into a Dusty Stellar Nursery
Exploding stars generate dramatic light shows. Infrared telescopes like Spitzer can see give a better idea of how often these explosions occur.
Stars Are Exploding in Dusty Galaxies. We Just Can't Always See Them
Using observations from TESS, astronomers have identified an unprecedented collection of pulsating red giant stars all across the sky.
NASA's TESS Tunes into an All-sky ‘Symphony' of Red Giant Stars
New research led by NASA provides a closer look at a nearby star thought to resemble our Sun when it was much younger.
NASA Model Describes Nearby Star which Resembles Ours in its Youth
Seventy-five years ago, Lyman Spitzer envisioned a future for space exploration that deepened our curiosity about the cosmos.
Lyman Spitzer: Making Space For Hubble
A dramatic triplet of galaxies takes center stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble Spots Squabbling Galactic Siblings
Beta Pictoris is an intriguing young planetary system that sports at least two planets, a jumble of smaller, rocky bodies, and a dusty disk.
NASA's Webb to Explore a Neighboring, Dusty Planetary System
Hubble science instruments have returned to full operation after a computer anomaly suspended the telescope’s observations for more than a month.
Hubble Returns to Full Science Observations and Releases New Images
Known as ultraluminous X-ray sources, the emitters are easy to spot when viewed straight on, but they might be hidden if they point away from Earth.
Seeing Some Cosmic X-Ray Emitters Might Be a Matter of Perspective
This image combines a dozen observations from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory made of a 130 light-year region in the center of the Milky Way.
Chandra Turns Up the Heat in the Milky Way Center
Astrophysicists have used computer simulations to show that deep in space, tsunami-like structures may form on much bigger scales.
Supermassive Black Holes May Generate ‘Tsunamis' in Escaping Gas
Are we alone in the universe? So far, the only life we know of is right here on Earth. But here at NASA, we’re looking.
NASA's Search for Life: Astrobiology in the Solar System and Beyond
Shortly after its launch later this year, scientists will point NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at six of the most distant and luminous quasars.
NASA's Webb Will Use Quasars to Unlock the Secrets of the Early Universe
Planet Hunters TESS has announced the discovery of two exoplanets in a study listing citizen scientists as co-authors.
Citizen Scientists Discover Two Gaseous Planets around a Bright Sun-like Star
NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope team recently flight-certified all 24 of the detectors the mission needs.
NASA's Roman Space Telescope Selects 24 Flight-Quality Heat-Vision ‘Eyes'
This image features the spiral galaxy NGC 691, imaged in fantastic detail using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).
Hubble Images a Galaxy in Dazzling Detail