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Thanksgiving Dinner At The Center Of The Galaxy
2012-11-22 10:33:45

[ Watch the Video: The Diner at the Center of the Galaxy ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft has detected the Milky Way's central black hole eating a Thanksgiving snack. Supermassive black holes like the one in the middle of our galaxy sustain themselves by swallowing stars, planets, asteroids, comets and clouds of gas that wander around the galaxy. The space agency's new spacecraft allowed it to take an observation of the black hole...

NuSTAR Picks Up First Black Hole X-ray Flare Up
2012-10-24 10:43:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted its first flare from Milky Way's black hole. The new telescope, launched June 13, is the only telescope capable of producing focused images of the highest-energy X-rays, and NASA said it has caught its first look at the black hole. "We got lucky to have captured an outburst from the black hole during our observing campaign," Fiona Harrison, the mission's...

NuSTAR Marks 100 Days
2012-09-22 07:03:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Saturday marks the 100th day since the launching of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), officials from the U.S. space agency have confirmed. Since being launched into space from the L-1011 Stargazer aircraft on Wednesday, June 13, NuSTAR has "been busy making its first observations of black holes, super-dense dead stars and the glowing remains of exploded stars," NASA officials noted in a Friday statement....

Scotch Tape Inspires X-ray Telescope Design
2012-07-27 11:57:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While some find it as the source of inspiration for wrapping gifts, Scotch tape inspired one scientist at NASA to build a special X-ray mirror. NASA scientist Maxim Markevitch and a team of X-ray optics experts at the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center are looking into the feasibility of creating a low-cost mirror out of plastic tape. "I remember looking at a roll of Scotch tape and thinking, 'was it possible to use the same...

NuSTAR Produces First Test Images
2012-06-29 13:09:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said on Thursday that its Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has taken its first test images of a high-energy X-ray universe. The observatory is the first space telescope with the ability to focus high-energy X-rays, which are the same kind used by doctors and dentists, into images. The mission will begin with exploring hidden black holes, specifically looking for fiery cinder balls left over from star explosions....

NuSTAR To Help Scientists Solve Supernova Explosion Mystery
2012-06-18 04:01:37

[ Watch the Video ] Somewhere in the Milky Way, a massive old star is about to die a spectacular death. As its nuclear fuel runs out, the star begins to collapse under its own tremendous weight. Crushing pressure triggers new nuclear reactions, setting the stage for a terrifying blast. And then... nothing happens. At least that's what supercomputers have been telling astrophysicists for decades. Many of the best computer models of supernovas fail to produce an explosion. At the end of...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'