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supernova SN 2014J
2014-02-27 04:07:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has used its dust-piercing infrared vision to help in analyzing a recently-discovered supernova in galaxy M82. It joined with several other instruments to create a detailed portrait of the stellar explosion, officials from the US space agency announced on Wednesday. The new supernova, SN 2014J, is the closest of its kind to be observed in the past few decades and has launched a global observing...

NASA Satellite Discovers Cloudy Conditions Around Black Holes
2014-02-19 13:27:43

[ Watch the Video: The Cloudy Cores of Active Galaxies ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of astronomers used NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite data and found huge clouds of gas orbiting supermassive black holes. Scientists collected 16 years of data from RXTE, a decommissioned low-earth orbit satellite that was equipped with instruments that measured variations in X-ray sources. This treasure trove of data revealed a dozen...

Dead Star, Black Holes Highlighted In Dazzling NASA NuSTAR Imagery
2014-01-10 10:11:37

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online A pair of dazzling images from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) highlights the observatory's impressive imaging capabilities for objects both near and far. The first image (featured above) is of the energized remains of a dead star, labeled the “Hand of God” for its formation resembling that of a hand. the second image (see below) is of distant black holes surrounded by a cloud of dust. NuSTAR’s...

New Insights Into Cosmic Phenomena Provided By Swift Satellite
2013-12-17 05:07:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By analyzing data collected by NASA’s Swift robotic spacecraft, astronomers from the University of Leicester have reportedly discovered the location of nearly 100,000 previously unknown cosmic X-ray sources. The research team studied eight years’ worth of observations collected during the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission to compile a catalog of major celestial X-ray sources – a list that includes more than 150,000 high-energy...

NuSTAR Helps Scientists Hunt For Medium-Sized Black Holes
2013-11-27 15:39:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is helping scientists determine whether black holes need a medium-sized category. Black holes are known to either come in masses of only about 10 times that of our sun, or the equivalent in mass of up to 10 billion suns. However, NuSTAR could be finally finding a middle ground. "Exactly how intermediate-sized black holes would form remains an open issue," Dominic Walton, of the...

coma cluster of galaxies
2013-09-20 04:46:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the Coma cluster of galaxies, a team of astronomers has discovered enormous arms of hot gas using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton. These arms span at least a half a million light years. The scientists say they will provide insight into how the Coma cluster has grown through mergers of smaller groups and clusters of galaxies to become one of the largest structures in the Universe held together by gravity. A...

Black Holes Shine For NuSTAR
2013-09-06 06:38:46

[ Listen to the Podcast: Supermassive Black Holes – With Guest Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft, NASA’s black-hole-hunter, had identified its first 10 supermassive black holes. Over the next two years, the NuSTAR team expects to find hundreds of black holes. Supermassive black holes – which are black holes surrounded by thick disks of gas – are gargantuan...

NASA NuSTAR Telescope Showcases Unique X-Ray Images Of Space
2013-08-30 07:47:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For the first time, NASA’s Nuclear Spetroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is giving the wider astronomical community a look at its unique X-ray images of the cosmos. NASA’s High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) made the first batch of data from the black-hole hunting telescope publicly available on August 29. "We are pleased to present the world with NuSTAR's first look at the sky in high-energy X-rays...

XMM-Newton's Dance Of The X-rays
2013-07-29 08:36:40

ESA Like car tail lights streaking through a busy city at night, this unique image records over a thousand movements made by ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope as it shifts its gaze from one X-ray object to another. Orbiting in space since 1999, XMM-Newton is studying high-energy phenomena in the Universe, such as black holes, neutron stars, pulsars and stellar winds. Even when moving from object to object, the space telescope collects data. These slews are represented by the bright...

New Record Set By Team From University of Leicester For Cosmic X-ray Sightings
2013-07-23 12:03:43

AlphaGalileo Foundation Exploring the extreme Universe with a rich new resource Three years' research led by University of Leicester Department of Physics and Astronomy Team produces new catalogue with 531,261 detections of X-ray emitting objects - a new record 372,728 unique X-ray sources identified The total area covered on the sky by the combined observation fields is -1400 square degrees Scientists led by the University of Leicester have set a new record for cosmic X-ray...