GALEX Recent News

  • Frankenstein Galaxy Surprises Astronomers

    Feature: 'Frankenstein' Galaxy Surprises Astronomers

    The galaxy UGC 1382 has been revealed to be far larger and stranger than previously thought. Astronomers relied on a combination of ground-based and space telescopes to uncover the true nature of this "Frankenstein galaxy."

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  • Funky Light Signal From Colliding Black Holes Explained

    Feature: Funky Light Signal From Colliding Black Holes Explained

    Entangled by gravity and destined to merge, two candidate black holes in a distant galaxy appear to be locked in an intricate dance. Researchers using data from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have come up with the most compelling confirmation yet for the existence of these merging black holes and have found new details about their odd, cyclical light signal.

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  • After the Explosion: Investigating Supernova Sites

    Feature: Astronomers Upgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs

    A new report identifies top-of-the-line tools for studying the fabric of space.

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  • Sluggish Galaxy Grows Stars Slowly

    Feature: Slow-Growing Galaxies Offer Window to Early Universe

    What makes one rose bush blossom with flowers, while another remains barren? Astronomers ask a similar question of galaxies.

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  • Big Brother to the Milky Way

    Press Release: NASA Decommissions Its Galaxy Hunter Spacecraft

    NASA has turned off its Galaxy Evolution Explorer after a decade of operations in which the venerable space telescope used its ultraviolet vision to study hundreds of millions of galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic time.

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  • Galaxy IC 3418 falling into the Virgo cluster.

    From National Astronomical Observatory of Japan: Discovery of a Blue Supergiant Star Born in the Wild

    A duo of astronomers, Dr. Youichi Ohyama (Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica or ASIAA, Taiwan) and Dr. Ananda Hota (UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in the Basic Sciences or CBS, India), has discovered a Blue Supergiant star located far beyond our Milky Way Galaxy in the constellation Virgo.

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  • Dwarf Galaxy Spotted

    Feature: Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein

    The light of a red star is warped and magnified by its dead-star companion, as detected by NASA's Kepler space telescope.

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  • Dwarf Galaxy Spotted

    Press Release: NASA's Galex Reveals the Largest-Known Spiral Galaxy

    The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil have crowned it the largest-known spiral based on archival data from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer mission.

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  • The Helix Nebula: Unraveling at the Seams

    Feature Story: The Helix Nebula: Bigger in Death than Life

    What was once a fairly average star, not much different than our sun, can be seen unraveling at the seams in this new image from the Spitzer and GALEX space telescopes.

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  • NASA Lends Galaxy Evolution Explorer to Caltech

    Press Release: NASA Lends Galaxy Evolution Explorer to Caltech

    NASA is lending the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, where the spacecraft will continue its exploration of the cosmos.

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  • GALEX Spacecraft

    From NASA's ASK Magazine: GALEX: Managing the Unexpected

    Explorers are among the lowest-cost missions flown by NASA, but they can pack a big scientific punch. Such is the case with the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, or GALEX, a mission designed to map the history of star formation over 80 percent of the age of the universe.

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