When the core of massive star collapses, it can form a black hole. Some of the surrounding matter escapes in the form of powerful jets that rush outward at almost the speed of light in opposite directions, as illustrated here. Normally jets from collapsing stars produce gamma rays for many […]

Artist’s concept of Lucy Mission. Credit: SwRI In the 1970s four spacecraft began their one-way trips out of our Solar System. As the first human-built objects to ever venture into interstellar space, NASA chose to place plaques on Pioneer 10 and 11 and golden records on Voyager 1 and 2 […]

Hubble Space Telescope image of Arp 195, a three-way gravitational tug-of-war between interacting galaxies. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Dalcanton A dramatic triplet of galaxies takes center stage in this latest Picture of the Week from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which captures a three-way gravitational tug-of-war between interacting galaxies. […]

A debris disk, which includes comets, asteroids, rocks of various sizes, and plenty of dust, orbits the star Beta Pictoris, which is blocked at the center of this 2012 image by a coronagraph aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. This is the visible-light view of the system. NASA’s James Webb Space […]

NASA’s Juno Mission observed pulsating electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves in Jupiter’s dawn magnetosphere that periodically expel energetic heavy ions into the atmosphere, producing stunning X-ray pulsations as captured by ESA XMM-Newton. Credit: ESA/NASA/Yao/Dunn An international research team led by YAO Zhonghua from the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the […]

This processed image of Io by New Horizons shows the 290-kilometer-high (180-mile-high) plume of the volcano Tvashtar near Io’s north pole. Also visible is the Prometheus volcano’s much smaller plume in the 9 o’clock direction. The top of the Masubi volcano’s plume appears as an irregular bright patch near the […]

Credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser)   ANIMATION NASA has successfully switched to backup hardware on the Hubble Space Telescope, including powering on the backup payload computer, on July 15. The switch was performed to compensate for a problem with the original payload computer that occurred on June 13 when the computer halted, […]

Ganymede flyby. Credit: NASA The probe flew closer to Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, than any other spacecraft in more than two decades, offering dramatic glimpses of both the icy orb and the gas giant. On June 7, 2021, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew closer to Jupiter’s ice-encrusted moon Ganymede than any […]

ANIMATION NASA has identified the possible cause of the payload computer problem that suspended Hubble Space Telescope science operations on June 13. The telescope itself and science instruments remain healthy and in a safe configuration. The payload computer resides in the Science Instrument Command and Data Handling (SI C&DH) unit. […]

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, E. Noyola This image shows the globular cluster NGC 6380, which lies around 35,000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Scorpio (The Scorpion). The very bright star at the top of the image is HD 159073, which is only around 4000 light-years from Earth, making it […]