Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/UMass/D.Wang et al., IR: NASA/STScI
Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have taken a major step in explaining why material around the giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy is extraordinarily faint in X-rays. This discovery holds important implications for understanding black holes.
Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/K. Poppenhaeger et al; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss
For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star.
Data from Chandra’s X-ray Observatory has led astronomers to unveil 26 black holes in the Milky Way’s neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. This is the largest number of black hole candidates found in a galaxy outside our own. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R. Barnard, Z. Lee et al.; Optical: NOAO/AURA/NSF/REU Program/B. Schoening, V. Harvey and Descubre [...]
Image Credit: NASA/CXC/NGST
WASHINGTON — New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The remnant appears to be the product of a rare explosion in which matter is ejected at high speeds along the poles of a [...]
The Vela pulsar, a neutron star that was formed when a massive star collapsed. Image Credit: (X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ of Toronto/M.Durant et al; Optical: DSS/Davide De Martin)
WASHINGTON — Unlike with some blockbuster films, the sequel to a movie from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is better than the first. This latest movie features a deeper look [...]
Its solar arrays and high-gain antenna properly deployed, the GRO drifts in the inky blackness to begin its nine-year mission of exploration. Photo Credit: NASA
Twenty-one years ago, this week, five astronauts exchanged anxious glances aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. In the pilots’ seats at the front of the flight deck were veterans Steve Nagel [...]
The Gamma Ray Observatory (GRO) is positioned for deployment from Atlantis, 21 years ago this week. The observatory's heart-stopping first few hours would ultimately give way to one of the greatest missions ever undertaken in space science. Photo Credit: NASA
With the Gamma Ray Observatory (GRO), NASA hoped to dispel some of the pessimism [...]
In an event he never thought would happen on the eve of launch, Jerry Ross grins through the aft flight deck window of Atlantis after he and Jay Apt successfully deployed GRO's jammed high-gain antenna. The enormous observatory hangs in the background, still firmly grasped by the Shuttle's robot arm. Photo Credit: NASA
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Seventy years ago this week, the aerospace company, Aerojet, was founded. Based out of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) the fledgling firm was started by Dr. Theodore von Kármán and five of his colleagues. The company’s formative [...]
Video Courtesy of Suresh Atapattu
For those of us that followed or worked on the space shuttle program, the fleet of flying gliders will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We will miss seeing Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour riding pillars of flame to orbit, hearing the twin sonic booms that heralded [...]