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News Archive / Tagged: American Astronomical Society

  • Pluto’s atmosphere may be starting to condense

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 12th, 2021

    Beginning three years after New Horizons' historic flyby, Pluto's atmosphere appeared to be starting to condense and refreeze, according to scientists.

  • Pluto’s hazy atmosphere is similar to that of Titan

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 2nd, 2020

    Pluto is often compared to Neptune's largest moon Triton, but its hazy atmosphere is actually more akin to that of Saturn's largest moon Titan, which is sometimes viewed as an analog of early Earth.

  • NASA’s Fermi Makes First Gamma-ray Study of a Gravitational Lens

    Press ReleaseJanuary 9th, 2014

    An international team of astronomers, using NASA’s Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source.

  • NASA’s Swift Catches X-ray Action at Milky Way’s Center

    Press ReleaseJanuary 9th, 2014

    Recent observations by NASA’s Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that may help them test predictions of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

  • AAS Meeting Highlights Several New Hubble Science Findings

    Press ReleaseJanuary 9th, 2014

    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is providing a new perspective on the remote universe, including new views of young and distant galaxies bursting with stars. Scientists described the findings Tuesday in a news conference sponsored by the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

  • NASA to Share Noteworthy Discoveries at Annual Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

    Press ReleaseJanuary 8th, 2014

    NASA scientists will present exciting new findings on a wide range of topics in the field of astrophysics next week at the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) 223rd annual meeting in National Harbor, Md.