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August's Stellar Space Pictures

August's Stellar Space Pictures

Take a tour through the lenses of space telescopes.

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Engineers at Northrop Grumman's facilities in Redondo Beach, California assemble NASA'S James Webb Space Telescope for the first time.

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NASA/Chris Gunn

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 17:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- Telescopes are the key to understanding the cosmos. From the humble citizen scientist's backyard telescope to the great Hubble Space Telescope, these devices help us determine how far away astronomical objects are and what elements they contain. This month, we take a look at objects through trusted telescopes such as NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. We also check in on the status of the anticipated James Webb Space Telescope and SMILE spacecraft.

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Over the past 20 years, NASA'S Chandra X-Ray Observatory has surveilled many stellar objects, with the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant being one of the most notable. Cas A, as it is nicknamed, is a vibrant debris field located about 11,000 light years from Earth. With new observations, astronomers uncovered the central neutron star and have even constructed a 3D model of the object. (NASA/CXC/RIKEN/T. Sato et al./STScI)

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Abigail Malate is a graphic designer at the American Institute of Physics, which produces the editorially independent news service Inside Science.