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!


Image of four possible optical counterparts inside the x-ray error circle.

NASA Scientists Catch Unique Gamma-Ray Burst

After 30 years, they finally caught one. Using the Swift satellite, scientists for the first time detected and pinned down the location of a so-called "short" gamma-ray burst, one lasting only 50 milliseconds.

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Dr. Jean Cottam

Featured Scientist: Dr. Jean Cottam

Sometimes astronomers get to work on a project from beginning to end: instrument development, launch, and data analysis. Dr. Jean Cottam is fortunate to be one of them.

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Satellite Showcase: Astro-E2

Astro-E2 is the latest Japanese X-ray observatory that includes instruments developed by NASA. NASA is providing X-ray optics and a revolutionary X-ray Spectrometer that measures the energy of an X-ray by taking its temperature.

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Or head to the main science page, where you can get information on everything from the basics of light and electromagnetism, to dark matter and black holes. Or if you are a more advanced student, you can head straight to the advanced science page.

Imagine the Universe is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Nicholas White (Director), within the Exploration of the Universe Division (EUD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Imagine Team
Project Leader: Dr. Jim Lochner
Curator:Meredith Bene
Responsible NASA Official:Phil Newman
All material on this site has been created and updated between 1997-2005.