Space News Archive - January 06, 2005
Astronomers have found the most powerful eruption seen in the Universe using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. A supermassive black hole generated this eruption by growing at a remarkable rate. This discovery shows the enormous appetite of large black holes, and the profound impact they have on their surroundings.
The Sun started the new year with fireworks of its own: in the first minute of 2005, this large X1.7 flare erupted in sunspot AR 10715. Both the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft observed the event.
The NASA-led Swift mission has opened its doors to a flurry of gamma-ray burst action.
Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees discusses the limits to our knowledge of what might have preceded the big bang. Everyone asks the question: what was 'there' the instant before everything came to be?, but the question may not go as deep as the answers it spawns.
A redesigned fuel tank for NASA's first post-Columbia launch emerged from a darkened barge into the morning sunlight Thursday, inspiring dozens of space shuttle workers who gathered to watch. The arrival of the external fuel tank moved the space program closer to its goal of a late spring liftoff for Discovery.