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Astronomical Sciences (AST) 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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This schematic view shows the outer rings of Saturn (top) and Uranus. A Blue Ring Around the Planet Uranus
Color is attributed to forces acting on dust
Released  April 6, 2006
Reverberating sound waves are about to tear this simulated star apart. Sound Waves Rock a Star to Death
New model explains sound before sight
Released  February 7, 2006
ESO artist's rendition of the newly discovered extrasolar planet Closer to Home
Discovery of small, rocky, extrasolar world suggests such planets may be common
Released  January 25, 2006
The Spiral Galaxy M51, with supernova. Teachers Strike Scientific Gold at Kitt Peak
Workshop participants take lucky images of a brand-new supernova
Released  August 26, 2005
Young man stands in front of a row of white telescopes. New Mexico Graduate Student Receives Costa Rica's Top Science Honor
At 26, Esteban Araya is the youngest person to ever receive the top science award from his native Costa Rica. A graduate student in astronomy at New Mexico Tech, Araya was honored for his research into the formation of massive stars.
Released  August 5, 2005
Star Kills Companion! Star Killed by Companion
Bizarre remains bear silent witness
Released  March 2, 2005
The expanding fireball. VLA Probes Secrets of Mysterious Magnetar
Radio telescopes monitor the expanding fireball from a supermagnetic neutron star
Released  February 18, 2005
Six SDI views of Saturn's moon Titan A New Camera for Extrasolar Planets
It hasn't found planets yet—but in its first year of operation, the instrument has already proved its worth
Released  January 31, 2005
Artist's conception of OGLE-TR-56b. Ogling Distant Stars
An NSF-funded project that monitors the brightness of stars has given astronomers a potent tool for discovering planets far beyond our part of the galaxy. We can expect to find more "exoplanets" in the decade ahead.
Released  August 9, 2004
comparison of our solar system with 55 Cancri system Distant Planetary System Has "Hometown" Look
After 15 years of observation and a lot of patience, the world's premier planet-hunting team found the first planetary system that reminded them of our home solar system.
Released  July 30, 2004

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