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Astronomy & Space Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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animation showing a salamander strolling Earth's weird and wonderful animal models
Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  April 21, 2016
earth day infographic Infographic: Earth Day at NSF
NSF investments help us understand and protect the environment
Released  April 18, 2016
Generic Discovery Image Pioneering women in STEM -- how many do you know?
This Women's History Month, test your knowledge of some of the most incredible scientists and engineers that have paved the way for modern scientific exploration
Released  March 11, 2016
cosmic dust All we are is dust in the interstellar wind
NSF-funded researcher creates a map of dust in the Milky Way galaxy
Released  March 9, 2016
France Cordova and Gabriela Gonzalez at LIGO Celebrating women in science and engineering
NSF Director shares her thoughts on Women's History Month
Released  March 3, 2016
MSU nuclear astrophysicist Hendrik Schatz After the Lecture: Hendrik Schatz
Nuclear astrophysicist Hendrik Schatz on chemistry exploits, chemical 'fossils,' and why fundamental science leads to so many important discoveries
Released  January 7, 2016
ACEAP participants at sunset Spreading the word
'Educator ambassadors' learn, then share #NSFastronomy
Released  December 10, 2015
polarization grating and light 4-D laser printing: holograms and beyond
Novel tech that manipulates light has applications beyond holograms, from studying alien worlds to making cellphones more energy efficient
Released  October 21, 2015
White House Astronomy Night Gearing up for Astronomy Night 2015
10 tips for gathering friends to stargaze
Released  October 13, 2015
man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015
UK National Physical Laboratory cesium fountain clock Precious time
The challenge of building a better atomic clock and why it matters
Released  June 24, 2015
a clock, laser beems and frequency combs Combing frequencies
NSF-funded center provides spectrum of new research, technology
Released  June 23, 2015
ytterbium atoms On the road to ubiquity
NSF support of laser research
Released  June 18, 2015
Lisa Randall After the lecture: Extra dimensions, interacting dark matter, and the power of uncertainty
A conversation with theoretical physicist Lisa Randall
Released  April 24, 2015
sun filtered in blue and red Techniques to prove or disprove existence of other planets
Astronomers developed technology while studying Gliese 581
Released  March 6, 2015
LIGO advanced TACC Science powerhouses unite to help search for gravitational waves
Texas Advanced Computing Center and the Laser Interferometer Gravitation Observatory collaborate to develop data workflow for next-generation experiment
Released  December 5, 2014
UCLA astrophysicist  Andrea Ghez After the Lecture...
NSF-funded UCLA astrophysicist Andrea Ghez on probing our galaxy’s supermassive black hole
Released  December 5, 2014
gradute students , Francois Hebert, Andy Bohn and William Throwe standing in a classroom 'Blockbuster' science images
NSF-funded grad students, scientists publish research, play role in Interstellar's black hole imagery
Released  November 20, 2014
Jaquelin Erazo Making stars
Astronomy program provides tools, support to enhance diversity
Released  October 7, 2014
Alison Coil Exploring dramatic changes in galaxies
Scientist hopes to uncover physical process behind the changes, including cosmic webs and supermassive black holes
Released  July 11, 2014
Visualization of a rotating and highly magnetized progenitor star Everything is better in 3-D
Supercomputer-powered supernova simulations shed light on distant explosions
Released  July 2, 2014
color-composite image of red dwarf stars Red dwarf stars tell us how planets form
Researcher uses computer models to test how stars form and to improve modeling and predictions
Released  June 13, 2014
montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star Cosmic slurp
Georgia Tech researchers use supercomputers to understand and predict signs of black holes swallowing stars
Released  April 14, 2014
 the Large Hadron Collider. Catching the Fever
Particle Fever discovers the human element to physics
Released  March 14, 2014
Animation from supercomputer data showing the inner zone of the accretion disk of a black hole Let there be light
Simulations on NSF-supported supercomputer recreate X-rays emerging from the neighborhood of black holes
Released  February 18, 2014
simulation showing hydrodynamic instability of dark matter Heavy metal in the early cosmos
Simulations shed light on the formation and explosion of stars in the earliest galaxies
Released  January 22, 2014
Researcher Dina Katabi and her students Innovative technology addresses wireless interference
Researcher has developed new tools and programs that enhance speed, efficiency and security of data transmission
Released  December 16, 2013
Image showing the sun's corona It's hot...super hot
Finding answers around the sun
Released  November 12, 2013
Photo of a student observing patterns of flowering and pollinators. Novel Answer to That Perennial "Earth Day" Question: "What Can I Do to Help?"
Groups of citizen scientists are making pivotal contributions to research on the Earth, its place in the universe and other natural phenomena
Released  April 19, 2012
Image of two white starts orbiting one another. Predicting "Cosmic Fireworks" From Our Own Backyard
Using the largest map of the cosmos ever, astronomers have counted nearby double white dwarfs, stars thought to cause an important type of supernova
Released  March 13, 2012

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