SCIENCE

Astrophysics to Planetary Research

NEW DISCOVERIES

The ASTRO-1 observatory is designed to support goals and objectives described in major scientific, technical and programmatic reports by NASA, the National Research Council, and other science community-based organizations. It will generate unique measurements of celestial targets, while providing vital complementary capabilities to other ground and space facilities such as JWST, ALMA, WFIRST-AFTA, LSST, Euclid and TESS. A wide range of scientific programs can be accomplished, impacting topics across space astronomy, astrophysics, fundamental physics, and planetary science.

Star Formation

  • Galaxy-scale organization & modes of high mass star formation (HMSF)
  • High mass SF regions
  • Low mass SF in HMSFs
  • Planet formation in HMSFs
  • Feedback

Stellar Astrophysics

  • History of the Milky Way and Local Group galaxies
  • Stellar populations, galaxy mergers & cannibalism
  • Origin of the elements and chemical enrichment
  • Post-main sequence evolution
Hubble image of M83
Hubble panchromatic image of the nearby M83 spiral galaxy. Image credit: NASA/ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: W. Blair (STScI/JHU), Carnegie Institution of Washington (Las Campanas Observatory), and NOAO.

Time-domain Astrophysics

  • Explosive events (SNe, GRBs, novae, mergers, etc.)
  • Accretion; disk-jet systems
  • Kinematics (stellar, nebular proper motions)
  • Solar System objects

Extragalactic Environs & Cosmology

  • History of the Milky Way and Local Group galaxies
  • Stellar populations, galaxy mergers & cannibalism
  • Origin of the elements and chemical enrichment
  • Post-main sequence evolution
Hubble view of Eta Carinae
Hubble image of high-velocity debris surrounding the supermassive star Eta Carinae. Image credit: NASA/ESA and J. Morse.
Hubble image of NGC 7049
Hubble image of dust rings in the galaxy NGC 7049. Image credit: NASA, ESA and W. Harris (McMaster University).

Exoplanets

Direct detection and characterization of exoplanets & exozodis:

  • Diffraction-limited resolution
  • High contrast
  • Diagnostics; spectral energy distributions, albedos
  • Exozodiacal light, planetary atmospheres
  • Biomarker detection development

Solar System Science

  • Atmospheres, aurorae
  • Seasonal variations
  • Small bodies, moons; detection, albedos
exoplanets illustration
Artist rendering of exoplanets and exomoons in a Milky Way galaxy teeming with planetary systems.
Hubble UV image of Jupiter aurora
Hubble ultraviolet image of Jupiter’s north pole aurora. Image credit: NASA/ESA and J. Clarke.

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