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Do you have a vision of what an exoplanet might look like? Share it with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission and a digital copy will fly with the spacecraft! Details on the TESS page here: [ Gsfc.nasa.gov Link ]
The TESS project has released a new coloring book about exoplanet discoveries. TESS (also known as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) will monitor 200,000 stars during its mission - looking for temporary drops in their brightness due to a planet orbiting in front of them. This coloring book has an explanation of transits, different types of exoplanets, and the TESS mission itself. ...
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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (or CGRO for short), our friends NASAblueshift talked with a couple of the scientists who were invovled in the project. Check out the resulting blog: go.nasa.gov/1SAzkO2
Are you in the DC area? Science meets art at a special screening tomorrow!

Students at the MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) have been working with Fermi scientists to produce short animations illustrating, or inspired by, results from the Fermi gamma-ray observatory. The topics of the animations include: gravitational lensing, solar flares, binary stars, gamma-ray bursts, dark...
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Stars are exploding in our galaxy! Join Detective Eagle Quark as he investigates the likely culprits behind these mysterious star deaths in NASA's Space Forensics online game.

Go try your hand at this fun 8-bit game developed through a partnership between our astrophysics education team and Automata Studios.

Note that you *could* attempt to solve the mystery quickly, but we encourage you...
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Congratulations to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the entire Hitomi team on their successful launch. After launch the satellite was renamed from Astro-H to Hitomi, which means "eye". This new X-ray space observatory will give us a new view on the high energy universe.

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Did you hear the big news yesterday about LIGO's direct detection of gravitational waves? Want to know more? Tune in to the Future in Space Hangout today at 3PM EST, featuring a discussion on LIGO and gravitational waves.

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And, if you want to brush up on your gravitational waves first, check out the archived hangout on gravitational waves...
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LIGO & Gravitational Waves - Google+

Supermassive black holes can be found at the center of most (possibly all) large galaxies, but how they form is still a matter of debate among astronomers. This week's image shows visible and X-ray light from a "dual AGN" - a galaxy with *two* supermassive black holes. These black holes came together together when two galaxies merged. Click through to read more about what astronomers can learn...
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High Energy Astrophysics Picture Of the Week

It's that time when we look back over the year and take stock. Astronomers often do that as well by combing through archived data to make new discoveries.

This week's image shows a selection of images published by the Chandra Data Archive. Click through to read about how astronomers use data archives to make discoveries long after the initial observations were made.

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Remembrance of Things Past

Got questions about our mirrors or mirror assembly process? Join our reddit AMA with Lee Feinberg, The James Webb Space Telescope's Optical Telescope Element Manager, Dec. 21, 2pm ET. #MirrorSeason
Do you see the smiley face? This week's image shows a group of galaxies, its X-ray emission (in purple), and gravitationally lensed light from background galaxies. It's brought to you by general relativity (celebrating 100 years last month).

Click through to find out why we see the crazy curved galaxy images in this Cheshire Cat galaxy group: [ Gsfc.nasa.gov Link ]

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Congratulations to the LISA pathfinder team on a successful launch Wednesday night (11:04 PM EST)! LISA Pathfinder is an ESA - European Space Agency mission to demonstrate key technologies for a future space-based gravitational wave detector.

Read more about LISA Pathfinder and what it will do on the NASAblueshift blog: [ Go.nasa.gov Link ]

Chasing Unicorns

General relativity hasn't hung around for 100 years just because Einstein developed it. Scientists have been testing it again and again over that century, and it has passed every one so far.
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This week marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's theory of general relativity. This blog from our friends NASAblueshift highlights how this theory revolutionized physics and shares what it means to you today. [ Go.nasa.gov Link ]

100 Years of General Relativity

Don't forget to tune in to the Future in Space Hangout today at 3PM EST, featuring a discussion on gravitational waves - what are they, where do they come from, and how will we detect them?

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How and Why We Try to Observe Gravitational Waves - Google+

Brush up on the basics of gravitational waves with this post from our friends NASAblueshift. [ Go.nasa.gov Link ]

And, don't forget about this Friday's hangout (3PM EST) on gravitational waves at the links below.
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Doing Astronomy With Our Eyes Closed

Don't forget to tune in next Friday at 3PM EST for a Google Hangout about gravitational waves (see previous post). As a teaser, here's a video talking about ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission - a European satellite that will be launched shortly to test key technology for a space-based gravitational wave detector.

Lisa Pathfinder mission overview

Ever wonder what gravitational waves are and how we could detect them? Tune in Friday November 20 at 3:00 PM EST on YouTube or Google+ for a discussion of the science and technology behind gravitational waves and the instruments used to observe them.

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How and Why We Try to Observe Gravitational Waves

One hundred years ago this month, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of gravity: space and time were no longer a passive stage on which the uni...

Check out the latest from our friends at NASAblueshift - a brief introduction to gamma-ray bursts.

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