2023 NExScI News and Press Releases

For previous years' news items, see the 2001-2009, 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2014-2015 2016-2017 and 2018-2022 news archives.

June 22, 2023 New Era of Exoplanet Discovery Begins with Images of Jupiter's Younger Sibling

A team led by astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin used NASA Keck time to capture images of the lowest-mass extrasolar planet ever discovered that has a direct mass measurement and an orbit similar to giant planets in our own solar system.

February 16, 2023 New Aurorae Detected On Jupiter's Four Largest Moons

Astronomers using W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea in Hawai'i have discovered that aurorae at visible wavelengths appear on all 4 major moons of Jupiter. This work was partially supported by a NASA Keck PI Data Award administered by NExScI.

March 1, 2023 A New Table That Supports the Habitable Worlds Observatory

In support of NASA's search for life, the NASA Exoplanet Archive has launched a new interactive table of nearby stars that are likely to be targeted by the Habitable Worlds Observatory.

April 4, 2023 NASA Astrophysics Postdoctoral Scholarships

NASA has selected 24 new Fellows, including 7 Sagan Fellows, for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP). NExScI Deputy Director, Dawn Gelino, is one of the co-leads of the NHFP.

April 17, 2023 New Exoplanet-Hunting Technique Leads to Direct Image Of A Super-Jupiter

NASA Keck time was used to directly image a Jupiter-like gas giant located 132.8 light-years away. This work was supported by a NASA Keck PI Data Award administered by NExScI.