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.

Chandra: Tiny Star Unleashes Gargantuan Beam of Matter and Antimatter

March 25, 2022

Chandra issued an image and press release on March 14, 2022, “Tiny Star Unleashes Gargantuan Beam of Matter and Antimatter”.  A city-sized collapsed star has generated a beam of matter and antimatter that stretches for trillions of miles. Data from …

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Chandra’s “Create Your Own Homunculus Nebula with Chandra and Hubble” Featured in the NASA STEM Newsletter

March 25, 2022

On March 10, 2022, a Chandra entitled “Create Your Own Homunculus Nebula with Chandra and Hubble” was released in the NASA STEM Newsletter.  This newsletter was sent to 56,543 subscribers and shared with the office of STEM engagements social media tools …

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Gamma-Ray Science and Mission Presentations at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) HEAD Meeting

March 25, 2022

The 19th High Energy Astrophysics Division meeting took place in Pittsburgh, PA from March 13-17, 2002. Several members of the Relativistic Astrophysics team attended in person and spoke on various missions: Michelle Hui (ST12) presented the MoonBEAM and StarBurst missions …

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STROBE-X Video Presented at AAS Head Meeting

March 25, 2022

Michelle Hui and Colleen Wilson-Hodge (ST12) spoke about the Wide-Field Monitor (WFM) in a video describing the Spectroscopic Time Resolving Observatory for Broadband Energy X-rays (STROBE-X), an X-ray probe mission concept. This video was presented at the High Energy Astrophysics …

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High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society Participation

March 25, 2022

Nicholas Thomas presented a poster at the 19th Divisional Meeting of the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society. The poster, entitled The Marshall 100-Meter X-ray Beamline Facility, presented current and upgraded test capabilities of the Marshall 100-Meter …

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