News About Our Universe

04/23/2014 14:37:32
Douglas Smith
Allen E. Puckett (PhD '49), the engineer who helped father the delta-winged airplane, the guided missile, and the communications satellite, and who turned Hughes Aircraft into the nation's top provider of radar systems and other defense-related electronics, passed away at his home in Pacific Palisades, California, on March 31, 2014, at age 94.
Puckett JPL supersonic wind tunnel
01/22/2014 09:20:47
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
By incorporating the data of individual stars into whole-galaxy models, Hopkins and his colleagues can look at the actual effects of star feedback—how radiation from stars "pushes" on galactic matter—in each of the galaxies they study.
A still image from a FIRE simulation video, showing the gases in a galaxy. Magenta is cold molecular/atomic gas, which forms stars; green is warm ionized gas, most of which cools into a galaxy; red is 'hot' gas, which makes up the galaxy halo.
12/12/2013 11:43:08
Cynthia Eller
Caltech/JPL scientists and collaborators have detected for the first time in an individual object a change in the cosmic microwave background caused by its interaction with massive moving objects.
12/09/2013 15:28:34
New research articles on the Mars Science Laboratory mission have recently been published.
12/10/2013 09:06:30
Jessica Stoller-Conrad

Although researchers have determined the ages of rocks from other planetary bodies, the actual experiments—like analyzing meteorites and moon rocks—have always been done on Earth.

12/09/2013 11:54:52
Brian Bell
Edward C. Stone was awarded a NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, presented by television personality Stephen Colbert on the December 3 broadcast of The Colbert Report.
12/02/2013 10:43:54
Douglas Smith
The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, sees the high-energy X-rays emitted by the densest, hottest regions of the universe. Professor Harrison will describe NuSTAR's unlikely journey and share some of its remarkable results.
11/25/2013 09:46:46
Cynthia Eller
Where do you go to look at the stars? Away from city lights, certainly. But if you're serious about peering far out into space, to the observable edges of our universe, at submillimeter wavelengths, you have to do a little better than that.
11/21/2013 07:00:03
Cynthia Eller
Himiko, a "space blob" named after a legendary queen from ancient Japan, is a simply enormous galaxy, with a hot glowing gaseous halo extending over 55,000 light-years. Not only is Himiko very large, it is extraordinarily distant, seen at a time approximately 800 million years after the Big Bang.
11/14/2013 09:07:09
Jessica Stoller-Conrad
"I work on a broad range of topics, but basically I like studying how big things form. I study how galaxies form, how stars form, and how supermassive black holes form. Recently, I started studying how planets form"
11/06/2013 09:04:45
Jessica Stoller-Conrad

Black holes—massive objects in space with gravitational forces so strong that not even light can escape them—come in a variety of sizes.

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