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NGC 4921

Galaxy Face-off

I recently stumbled across this gorgeous image of NGC 4921, so I thought perhaps a post showing a selection of gorgeous face-on galaxies would be in order. First up, the aforementioned barred spiral, NGC 4921. Note its bright nucleus, the bright central bar, and the ring of dark dust. Outside … Continue Reading →


Nova Centauri 2013

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Nova

Recently those in the Southern Hemisphere were treated to a new sight in the sky – a nova that was so bright it could be seen with the naked eye. Indeed, Nova Centauri 2013 was one of the brightest in years. Image credit: NASA/MSFC/ESSSA/Aaron Kingery What is a nova? It … Continue Reading →


JWST in One Minute

James Webb Space Telescope 101… in one minute!

One of the things that was filmed during Coma Niddy’s visit last week was a special episode of his “SCI CODE” web series. He asked us if there was someone who could tell him the basics about the James Webb Space Telescope (no problem!)… in less than a minute (much … Continue Reading →


Coma Niddy

A visit from Coma Niddy and PBS Digital Studios!

Yesterday and today, we’ve been hosting a few special guests who have come to see what’s going on at NASA Goddard and… shoot a music video! We’ve been talking to science educator/rapper Coma Niddy about a collaboration for nearly a year now, and everything finally came together to schedule a … Continue Reading →


How do you get to Stockholm?

How do you get to Stockholm?

Nobel Laureate, and James Webb Space Telescope project scientist, John Mather gave an interesting talk (to a packed room) at NASA Goddard recently. It focused on where he grew up and how he got to where he is today. Did you know, for example, that a failed thesis project led … Continue Reading →


ISS thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Space

We wanted to wish all those celebrating a safe and happy Thanksgiving from NASA Blueshift. Ever wonder what the astronauts on the International Space Station will be doing for the holidays? The six crew members will actually be having a Thanksgiving dinner together. What’s on the menu? According to NASA, … Continue Reading →


Jessica Few YouTube

Bringing Astrophysics to YouTube: An Interview with Jessica Few

Earlier this year, Blueshift contributor Koji Mukai sent us a link to a series of astronomy videos produced by Jessica Few, a student at Durham University in the UK. We loved the videos, and knew we wanted to share them… and find out a bit more about Jessica and her … Continue Reading →


jwst mural

Want to be a Beta-tester for NASA?

The James Webb Space Telescope public website is undergoing an update. We’ve incorporated some new widgets to allow the viewer to explore the content on the website right on the homepage. But we also want to see how easy it is to locate specific information from these widgets. We’re looking … Continue Reading →


schoellner halloween

Reminder: Show Us Your Space Costumes!

Just a reminder now that we’re past Halloween… if you dressed up in a space or astronomy-themed costume, please share your photos with us! To get you inspired, here is how Dirk Schoellner’s kids, Brian and Eric, looked on Halloween, all dressed up for Trick-or-treating, as Dr. Von Braun and … Continue Reading →


milky way bubbles

Giant Space Bubbles

There’s a lot of things we know now about the Milky Way that we didn’t know even a few years ago. When I was in college, for example, there was debate over whether our galaxy was a barred spiral or not. Now we know that our galaxy does indeed have … Continue Reading →


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