Recent News Releases

April 30, 2019

The Smithsonian today made available a new online interactive that allows users to explore a three-dimensional (3D) visualization of the remnants of a supernova, or exploded star. Designed for use by both general audiences and high school science classrooms, the free materials, available at, include an interactive simulation, a 360° video, and a multimedia instructional package.

April 16, 2019

Scientists in the VERITAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) Collaboration have published a paper in Nature Astronomy journal detailing the results of their work with the VERITAS array—located at the Center for Astrophysics' Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Amado, Arizona—to measure the smallest apparent size of stars in the night sky known to date.

Black Hole At The Center Of Galaxy M87
April 10, 2019

The first image of a black hole ever taken is being released today. This monumental achievement was made possible, in part, by key leadership and funding from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA).