Dr. Nancy A. Levenson New Interim Director of Space Telescope Science Institute

Dr. Nancy A. Levenson New Interim Director of Space Telescope Science Institute

AURA welcomes Dr. Nancy A. Levenson as the Interim Director of Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). Dr. Levenson will take ...
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Barbara Mikulski Donates Space Collection to Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore

Barbara Mikulski Donates Space Collection to Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, is thrilled to announce that retired U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski ...
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AURA Celebrates JWST First Images

AURA Celebrates JWST First Images

AURA salutes the international effort of talented people who worked so hard to make these first JWST images possible ...
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STScI: Hubble Determines Mass of Isolated Black Hole Roaming Our Milky Way Galaxy

STScI: Hubble Determines Mass of Isolated Black Hole Roaming Our Milky Way Galaxy

Astronomers estimate that 100 million black holes roam among the stars in our Milky Way galaxy, but they have never ...
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JWST Commissioning Bingo Board

JWST Commissioning Bingo

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) commissioning is on the final stretch before the telescope can start science observations! With ...
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logos of the 50 institutions that are members of AURA

2022 AURA Annual Meeting

Each year the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) holds an Annual Meeting for the Representatives from its ...
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STScI: NASA’s Webb In Full Focus, Ready for Instrument Commissioning

STScI: NASA’s Webb In Full Focus, Ready for Instrument Commissioning

Alignment of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is now complete. After full review, the observatory has been confirmed to be ...
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STScI: Hubble Confirms Largest Comet Nucleus Ever Seen

STScI: Hubble Confirms Largest Comet Nucleus Ever Seen

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has determined the size of the largest icy comet nucleus ever seen by astronomers. The estimated ...
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STScI: Record Broken: Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen

STScI: Record Broken: Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has established an extraordinary new benchmark: detecting the light of a star that existed within the ...
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Many Segments are now One Mirror

Many Segments are now One Mirror

Today NASA released the first image from Webb with all 18 segments focused and functioning together as a single 6.5-meter ...
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STScI: Galaxy Collision Creates 'Space Triangle' in New Hubble Image

STScI: Galaxy Collision Creates ‘Space Triangle’ in New Hubble Image

A spectacular head-on collision between two galaxies fueled the unusual triangular-shaped star-birthing frenzy, as captured in a new image from ...
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This artist's illustration shows the wayward interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua (pronounced oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah) racing toward the outskirts of our solar system. The object, heated by the Sun (lower right), is venting gaseous material from its surface, as a comet would. Researchers suggest this outgassing is one possible cause for 'Oumuamua's slight acceleration, as detected by several telescopes. The irregularly shaped object is only a half-mile across. It is now farther from the Sun than Jupiter and traveling away at about 70,000 miles per hour. The orbits of the major planets are included for scale. The box-shaped constellation Corvus is in the background near image center, and the bright blue star Spica is at upper left of center, in the constellation Virgo. The stars at bottom left belong to the constellation Hydra.

STScI: Studying the Next Interstellar Interloper with Webb

Scientists have had only limited ability to study these objects once discovered, but all of that is about to change ...
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