Latest Chandra X-ray Observatory Stories
Over a decade after it exploded, one of the nearest supernovae in the last 25 years has been identified. This result was made possible by combining data from the vast online archives from many of the world's premier telescopes.
Abell 1689, shown in this composite image, is a massive cluster of galaxies located about 2.3 billion light years away that shows signs of merging activity.
Researchers say a strong particle accelerator has been located in the Crab Nebula, a magnetic field surrounding the stellar corpse at the nebulaâ€™s center.
A powerful collision of galaxy clusters has been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory.
How do you weigh the biggest black holes in the universe? One answer now comes from a completely new and independent technique that astronomers have developed using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
The biggest black holes may feed just like the smallest ones, according to data from NASAâ€™s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based telescopes.
Astronomers have unearthed secrets from the grave of a star that blasted apart in a supernova explosion long ago.
Thanks to a fortunate observation with NASA's Swift satellite, astronomers, for the first time, have caught a normal supernova at the moment of its birth--the first instant when an exploding star begins spewing its energy into space, transforming into a supernova that during its brief lifetime will shine brighter than billions of stars combined.
An international team of astronomers have found the youngest known supernova remnant in the Galaxy. This result has implications for understanding how often supernovas explode in the Milky Way galaxy.
Using NASA, Japanese, and European X-ray satellites, a team of Japanese astronomers has discovered that our galaxyâ€™s central black hole let loose a powerful flare three centuries ago.
X-Ray Astronomy -- Although the more energetic X-rays (E > 30 keV) can penetrate the air at least for distances of a few meters (they would never have been detected and medical X-ray machines would not work if this was not the case) the Earth's atmosphere is thick enough that virtually none are able to penetrate from outer space all the way to the Earth's surface. X-rays in the 0.5 - 5 keV range, where most celestial sources give off the bulk of their energy, can be stopped by a few...
Chandra X-ray Observatory -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was launched and deployed by Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999, is the most sophisticated X-ray observatory built to date. Chandra is designed to observe X-rays from high-energy regions of the universe, such as the remnants of exploded stars. The Observatory has three major parts: (1) the X-ray telescope, whose mirrors focus X-rays from celestial objects; (2) the science instruments which record the X-rays so...
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