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Can You Hear a Black Hole?

Recently I came across this story – this ten year old story – on Tumblr. Sept. 9, 2003: Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have found, for the first time, sound waves from a supermassive black hole. The “note” is the deepest ever detected from any object in our Universe. … Continue Reading →


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American Astronomical Society wrap-up

Well, it happened again, guys!  The 222nd biannual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) held at the Indiana Convention Center, that’s what. For those of you not in the loop, the American Astronomical Society is a professional society for astronomers devoted to promoting astronomy and like sciences as well … Continue Reading →


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Awesomeness Round-Up – 6/11/2012

On Tuesday, June 5, Venus passed in front of the Sun – an event that was visible on seven continents for those that were fortunate enough to have clear weather. These “transits” of Venus are very rare, coming in pairs separated by more than a hundred years. This June’s transit, … Continue Reading →


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Awesomeness Round-Up – 1/31/2012

This is a doozy of a round-up, thanks to the American Astronomical Society meeting mid-month! Maggie already blogged about some of the interesting exoplanet news that came out at the meeting. Here, we’ll cover some of the other big astrophysics releases at AAS! But first… a gorgeous image from the … Continue Reading →


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Awesomeness Round-Up – 11/22/2011

  • By Maggie Masetti
  • November 22, 2011
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One of the newest additions to NASA Goddard is this giant structural steel frame that will be used to assemble the mirrors and instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope. “This milestone is important as it marks the transition to the integration and testing phase for the Webb telescope’s optical … Continue Reading →


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Awesomeness Round-Up – 10/3/2011

There are gorgeous new shots of a full-scale test version of one layer of the James Webb Space Telescope’s tennis court-sized sunshield: Credit: NGAS Credit: NGAS There are two more on their Flickr.


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Awesomeness Round-Up – 6/21/11

As Maggie mentioned in her intriguing post last week, things have been quite busy around here recently. So here is a bit of a catch-up edition of your weekly Awesomeness Round-Up. Enjoy! Historically, astronomy has always required a great deal of patience as astronomers spent long, cold nights at the … Continue Reading →


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Awesomeness Round-up – 4/11/11

Sorry we were slow with posts last week – we were swamped with preparations for the government shut-down that (thankfully) never happened. We’ve got a bunch of things in the works, but we’ll start with a link round-up. Gamma-ray Bursts (GRBs) are huge explosions in space, and scientists think they … Continue Reading →


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Awesomeness Round-up – 3/7/11

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Bill Hrybyk Meet “Harry,” a bald eagle recently spotted here at NASA Goddard! Geeked on Goddard has a few more photos, as well as some information about bald eagles in Maryland. While we’re usually talking about the space exploration and research going on here, it’s also worth mentioning that … Continue Reading →


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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here are a few pretty astronomical images that are Valentine themed! This image shows a ring… of black holes! Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/S.Rappaport et al, Optical: NASA/STScI This object is known as Arp 147 – it’s actually a pair of interacting galaxies, a spiral one on the right, that collided with … Continue Reading →


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