Introduction

The Space Telescope Scientific Institute (STScI) scientific staff actively research topics in the Solar System and exoplanets; stars and the interstellar medium; galaxies, the intergalactic medium, and cosmology; instrumentation; and future space telescopes. Our publications and presentations also relate to a range of NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), community missions and future concepts, and further analysis of data in the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST), which includes more than 20 missions. This page provides an overview of some of these scientific activities.

Solar System and Exoplanets

Jupiter
SOLAR SYSTEM OBSERVATIONS
Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star Artist Concept
INSTITUTE FOR PLANETS AND LIFE
Artistic rendering of the TRAPPIST-1 star with seven Earth-size planets orbiting it.
Exoplanet Characterization ToolKit

Stars and the Interstellar Medium

Interstellar Medium
THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM GROUP

Galaxies, the Intergalactic Medium, and Cosmology

Hubble image of Galaxy Cluster MACS J1206.2-0847
CLASH
Infrared image of  Mountains of Creation
FRONTIER FIELDS
Compass Image for SPT0615-JD Lensed Galaxy
RELICS
Long exposure image of NGC 4911 in Coma Cluster of galaxies
CANDELS
Image from Sloan Digital Sky Survey
SDSS
Andromeda Galaxy
PHAT
Giant Nebula NGC 3603
COS-HALOS SURVEY
This is a Hubble Space Telescope view of a very massive cluster of galaxies, MACS J0416.1-2403
GLASS
Spiral Galaxy M81
SPOGS
Artist concept of LSST
LSST
Artistic concept of Euclid
EUCLID
Artistic rendering of the Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope
WFIRST
Illustration of Future Positions of Stars in Omega Centauri
HSTPROMO

Instrumentation and Archives

WIYN High Resolution Infrared Camera (WHIRC)
WHIRC
A Near-Infrared View of the Pillars of Creation Nebula
The Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST)

Future Telescopes

Artistic rendering of LUVOIR
LUVOIR
Artistic rendering of science concepts that could be explored by Origins Space Telescope
OST
Artist concept LYNX observatory
LYNX
Artist concept of an exoplanet
HABEX