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NASA's Chandra Observatory Catches Giant Black Hole Rejecting Material

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.

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Launch of IRIS on Orbital Pegasus XL Slips a Day

The planned launch of an Orbital Pegasus XL rocket has been delayed a day due to range power issues. Photo Credit: Randy Beaudoin, VAFB / NASA

The launch of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket with NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) will have to wait a little longer. The launch is now [...]

Chandra X-Ray Observatory Reveals 'Black Hole Bonanza' in Andromeda Galaxy

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 [...]

Astronomy at the High Frontier

Hubble Space Telescope, as seen from the Shuttle Atlantis during the fourth servicing mission in May 2009. Photo Credit: NASA

The atmosphere is a problem for astronomers for two big reasons: it’s turbulent, so it smears out the light from cosmic objects, and it blocks out huge swathes of the electromagnetic spectrum. To see [...]

NASA'S Chandra Suggests Rare Explosion Created Our Galaxy’s Youngest Black Hole

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 [...]

New Chandra Movie Features Neutron Star Action

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 [...]

NuSTAR Captures Black Holes Erupting in Spiral Galaxy

This image of spiral galaxy IC 342, or Caldwell 5, incorporates data from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. High-energy X-ray data from NuSTAR have been translated to the color magenta and superimposed on a visible-light view, highlighting the galaxy and its star-studded arms. Photo Credit: NASA/NuSTAR

One of NASA’s small fleet of [...]

Proposals Sought for Two NASA Space Telescopes

Two space telescopes given to NASA by the National Reconnaissance Office, both of which have characteristics similar to the Hubble Space Telescope (seen here), are being opened up for proposals for innovative uses. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA is looking into a variety of potential uses for two of the space agency’s space-based telescopes. The [...]

James Webb Space Telescope Gains 'Golden Eye'

In this image the James Webb Space Telescope’s secondary mirror is worked on by several engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Photo Credit: Chris Gunn / NASA

NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has gained a golden “eye.” The eye is actually a secondary mirror which is coated in [...]

NASA’s Chandra Finds Milky Way’s Black Hole Grazing On Asteroids

The image on the left contains nearly a million seconds of Chandra's observing of the region around the black hole. The artist illustrations to the right depict an asteroid venturing to close to a black hole, being torn apart by the tidal forces within a 100 million mile distance, and finally being vaporized by friction - creating a flare. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/F. Baganoff et al.; Illustrations: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

A simulated supermassive Black Hole, similar to what can be found at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

WASHINGTON — The giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way may be vaporizing and devouring asteroids, which could explain the frequent flares observed, according to astronomers using [...]