Astrophysics Branch

Marshall Space Flight Center's Astrophysics Branch uses space and ground-based observatories to peer back to the earliest epochs of the universe, unravel its mysteries, and study the most violent explosions in our galaxy and beyond. Our goal is to help discover how the universe works, explore how it began and evolved, and search for life on planets around other stars.

A growing black hole, called a quasar, is seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept. Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes discovered swarms of similar quasars hiding in dusty galaxies in the distant universe.

Neutron Measurements on the Lunar Surface (NMLS) Update

June 16, 2021

Neutron Measurements on the Lunar Surface is a project to deliver an instrument manifested on Astrobotic Technology’s Peregrine Lander Mission One, to be launched on the new ULA Vulcan Centaur, landing on the Lacus Mortis plateau (44oN, 25oE). Astrobotic was …

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American Astronomical Society (AAS) Special Session on Gravitational Wave Results

June 16, 2021

Tyson Littenberg (ST12) organized and convened a Special Session at the June American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting on behalf of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration titled “Science from the LIGO-Virgo Catalog of Gravitational Wave Events.”  The special session—which sits at the …

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Galactic Center: Magnetized Threads Weave Spectacular Galactic Tapestry

June 3, 2021

Chandra issued an image release and NASA image of the day 5/27/21 entitled “Galactic Center: Magnetized Threads Weave Spectacular Galactic Tapestry”.  A new panorama provides an unprecedented X-ray view above and below the center of Milky Way.  This new survey …

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Chandra Listening to the Universe, with Kim Arcand

June 3, 2021

NASA spacecraft deliver stunning visual imagery of the cosmos, but we can also experience that data by turning it into sound. Kim Arcand at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has helped develop many different sonifications including from galaxies, black holes, nebulae …

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Chandra Large Exhibit Arrives at Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport, LA

June 3, 2021

On 5/18/21, Chandra shipped a large exhibit to Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport, LA.  The Sci-Port discovery center is assembling the exhibit in preparation for meeting the public.  Sci-Port Mission Discovery Center Statement: Sci-Port Discovery Center provides a fun, educational …

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