Latest X-ray astronomy Stories

Swift Finds Gamma-Ray Burst With A Dual Personality
2011-12-01 04:28:51

[ Watch the Video ] A peculiar cosmic explosion first detected by NASA's Swift observatory on Christmas Day 2010 was caused either by a novel type of supernova located billions of light-years away or an unusual collision much closer to home, within our own galaxy. Papers describing both interpretations appear in the Dec. 1 issue of the journal Nature. Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the universe's most luminous explosions, emitting more energy in a few seconds than our sun will during its...

Image 1 - Hinode's First Light And Five More Years
2011-11-01 12:55:16

On October 28, 2006, the Hinode solar mission was at last ready. The spacecraft launched on September 22, but such missions require a handful of diagnostics before the instruments can be turned on and collect what is called "first light." Hopes were high. Hinode had the potential to provide some of the highest resolution images of the sun the world had ever seen -- as well as help solve such mysteries as why the sun's atmosphere is a thousand times hotter than its surface and how the...

Image Release: Close Encounters Of The Galactic Kind
2011-10-26 02:54:11

Astronomers have used a large survey to test a prediction that close encounters between galaxies can trigger the rapid growth of supermassive black holes. Key to this work was Chandra's unique ability to pinpoint actively growing black holes through the X-rays they generate. The researchers looked at 562 pairs of galaxies ranging in distances from about 3 billion to 8 billion light years from Earth. They found that the galaxies in the early stages of an encounter with another were more...

ROSAT Satellite Could Plunge To Earth By Halloween
2011-10-18 04:00:22

Less than a month after one defunct satellite plummeted back to Earth, it appears as though a second is on its way, and the debris could reach our planet's surface by the end of the month, according to a Monday report by Dan Vergano of USA Today. Sometime between 11:23 p.m. EDT on September 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT on September 24, the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell back to earth, splashing down somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Now Vergano, channeling baseball great Yogi...

2011-08-25 10:45:11

  NASA said on Wednesday that its Swift orbital telescope has captured a black hole ripping apart a star. Two studies appearing in the August 25th issue of the journal Nature show off a cosmic accident that has been streaming X-rays toward Earth since late March. The satellite first alerted astronomers of the intense and unusual high-energy flares from the new source of the constellation Draco. "Incredibly, this source is still producing X-rays and may remain bright enough...

2011-07-07 13:42:22

The Swedish space center said Thursday that scientists were forced to stop building a project to test the impact of stars when a balloon carrying an X-ray telescope began leaking helium. "We sent it up without any problems, but then we were forced to take it down. It was leaking, and when a balloon leaks it loses height," Johanna Bergstroem-Roos of the Esrange Space Center, near Kiruna in northern Sweden, told AFP. The Polarized Gamma-ray Observer (PoGoLite) is a telescope dangling from an...

Latest X-ray astronomy Reference Libraries

2012-03-24 09:55:41

Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center on December 2, 1990 at 1:49 AM EST and landed at Edwards AFB on December 10 at 9:54 PM PST. The shuttle orbited 144 times at an altitude of 190 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 3.7 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 23 hours, 5 minutes, and 8 seconds. The primary objectives were round-the-clock observations of the celestial sphere in ultraviolet and x-ray astronomy with the ASTRO-1 observatory consisting of...

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Sample Entry: Astronomy is the scientific study of stars, planets, comets, galaxies, and other phenomena that occur outside Earth's atmosphere (e.g. cosmic radiation). Astronomy deals with the evolution, physics, chemical makeup, meteorology, and motion of celestial objects, and also the formation of the universe. The word Astronomy comes from the Greek words astron (meaning "star") and nomos (meaning "law"). Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences. Since the dawn of man, people always...

2004-10-19 04:45:44

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...

2004-10-19 04:45:43

X-ray Pulsar -- This dramatic artist's vision shows a city-sized neutron star centered in a disk of hot plasma drawn from its enfeebled red companion star. Ravenously accreting material from the disk, the neutron star spins faster and faster emitting powerful particle beams and pulses of X-rays as it rotates 400 times a second. Could such a bizarre and inhospitable star system really exist in our Universe? Based on data from the orbiting Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite,...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Gamma-Ray Burst -- In astronomy, Gamma-ray bursters (GRBs) are flashes of gamma rays that last from seconds to hours, the longer ones being followed by several days of X-ray afterglow. They occur at random positions in the sky several times each day. They are now believed to result from tremendous explosions in far away galaxies, during the creation of a black hole from a dying star or two colliding neutron stars. The black hole, surrounded by a rotating disk of matter falling into it,...

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