Goddard's Astrophysics Gallery

This multimedia gallery assembles and organizes the astrophysics content on the Scientific Visualization Studio website. All of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's animations, visualizations, videos and still images relating to the universe beyond our Solar System are here. Browse through the basic categories or find Goddard's most recent releases under each specific astronomical feature. Find all the content relating to a particular satellite under "Missions." Most entries have multiple downloadable formats and several resolutions.

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  • Fermi's First Five Years
    NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has completed its primary mission, and it will continue to explore the high-energy cosmos in unprecedented detail. These pages gather together media products associated with Fermi news releases from before its 2008 launch, when it was known as GLAST, to the start of its extended mission in August 2013.

    Watch the video below for a quick look at science highlights from Fermi's first five years in space.

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    Fermi detects gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, with energies thousands to billions of times greater than the visible spectrum.

    The mission has discovered pulsars, proved that supernova remnants can accelerate particles to near the speed of light, monitored eruptions of black holes in distant galaxies, and found giant bubbles linked to the central black hole in our own galaxy.

    For more information about the Fermi mission, visit its NASA webpage.

  • Highlights of Swift's Decade of Discovery
    NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer continues to provide astronomers with a unique tool for exploring many different classes of astronomical phenomena, from gamma-ray bursts and supernovae to spinning neutron stars, outbursts from black holes, and even comets and asteroids. These pages gather together media products associated with Swift news releases from before its 2004 launch to its 10th anniversary in 2014.

    For more information about the Swift mission, visit its NASA webpage.

  • Hubble Space Telescope
    The Hubble Space Telescope has been providing world-renowned science observations since 1990. Hubble is run by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the European Space Agency (ESA).

    NASA's Hubble website - nasa.gov/hubble
    Space Telescope Science Institute's Hubble website - hubblesite.org
    ESA's Hubble website - spacetelescope.org

  • James Webb Space Telescope
    The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST) is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope. The project is working to a 2018 launch date. Webb will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own MIlky Way Glaxy. Webb will peer through dusty clouds to see stars forming planetary systems, connecting the Milky Way to our own Solar System. Webb's instruments are designed to work primarily in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum, with some capability in the visible range. Webb will have a large primary mirror, 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) in diameter and a sunshield the size of a tennis court. Both the mirror and sunshade won't fit onto the Ariane 5 rocket fully open, so both will fold up and open once Webb is in outer space. Webb will operate in an orbit about 1.5 million km (1 million miles) from the Earth. The James Webb Space Telescope was named after the NASA Administrator who crafted Apollo program, and who was a staunch supporter of space science.

    The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

    WFIRST is a NASA observatory designed to perform Wide Field imaging and surveys of the near infrared (NIR) sky. The current design of the mission makes use of an existing 2.4m telescope, which is the same size as the Hubble Space Telescope. WFIRST is the top-ranked large space mission in the New Worlds, New Horizon Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The Wide Field Instrument will provide a field of view of the sky that is 100 times larger than images provided by HST. The coronagraph will enable astronomers to detect and measure properties of planets in other solar systems.

    More information about WFIRST