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Back to School with GRB 101

Up until a few years ago, gamma-ray bursts (or GRBs, for short) were arguably the biggest mystery in high-energy astronomy. Basically, gamma-ray bursts are brief, extremely bright bursts of gamma-rays (as the name implies). They appeared at random across the sky. But what are they? What causes that burst? And … Continue Reading →

Swift birthday cake

Happy Birthday, Swift!

This is our third Happy Birthday post for a satellite in the last year or so – which is pretty cool actually, to have satellites that are hitting significant milestones and have had the longevity to still be doing great science. We had Fermi’s 5th birthday in August 2013, followed … Continue Reading →

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 →

Awesomeness Roundup

Awesomeness Round-Up – 11/16/2011

We start with a new Hubble result. Using its near-infrared vision to peer 9 billion years back in time, the Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of young dwarf galaxies brimming with star formation. While dwarf galaxies are the most common type of galaxy in the universe, the … Continue Reading →

Awesomeness Round-up

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.

Awesomeness Round-up

Awesomeness Round-Up – 9/7/2011

We’ve had to say goodbye once again to our intern Faith – we will miss her and we hope you enjoyed her posts this summer! Before NASA interns leave for the summer, they often present their work. Here’s what July’s poster session looked like: Credit: NASA Goddard/Bill Hrybyk

Awesomeness Round-Up

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 →

Awesomeness Round-up

Awesomeness Round-up – 5/3/11

Here at Blueshift, we’re big fans of increasing the awesome. In fact, it’s pretty much our top priority when we’re picking the stories that we want to share (and why we call this the “awesomeness round-up,” and not “some random stuff we found”). So we really loved this video by … Continue Reading →

Awesomeness Round-up

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 – 1/24/11

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Debbie Mccallum It’s been a cold and wintery January here at NASA Goddard – not much accumulation yet (certainly nothing like last year’s snowpocalypse), but plenty of ice and sleet! We’re hearing predictions of another storm this week, so we’ll see how things look in a few days. A … Continue Reading →

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