Imagine the Universe!

Welcome to Imagine the Universe! This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe. If you're looking for grade school level astronomy information, please see the StarChild web site. Enjoy your cosmic journey!

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Swift mosaic of the Small Magellanic Cloud

NASA's Swift Produces Best Ultraviolet Maps of the Nearest Galaxies

Astronomers at NASA and Pennsylvania State University have used NASA's Swift satellite to create the most detailed composite images in ultraviolet light ever of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies.

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Explorer 12

Celebrating 50 Years of X-ray Astronomy

The history and future of X-ray astronomy is a story best told by its participants, so we asked six scientists to share their memories, impressions and thoughts about a field that couldn't exist before the Space Age. Their views of the past, present and future of X-ray astronomy reveal just how far the field has come in half a century.

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Dr. Joanne 'Joe' Hill

Featured Scientist: Dr. Joanne 'Joe' Hill

Joanne "Joe" Hill was born in the UK, in Leicester, about 100 miles north of London. She grew up in a small village of 100 houses, and as a child she attended a small school with about 80 people. Later, she attended the University of Leicester because it had a strong space program. There, she was able to learn to build instrumentation that would be able to survive the space environment, which is the area of astronomy she most wanted to go into. "Ultimately, I wanted to be an astronaut. That was one of the drives behind it," she said.

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Imagine the Universe! is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Imagine Team
Project Leader: Dr. Barbara Mattson
Curator: Meredith Gibb
Responsible NASA Official: Phil Newman
All material on this site has been created and updated between 1997-2014.
This page last updated: Saturday, 01-Nov-2014 08:26:54 EDT