Huge Rings Around a Black Hole

A spectacular set of rings around a black hole has been captured using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory. The X-ray images of the giant rings have…

Magnetized Threads Weave Spectacular Galactic Tapestry

The new panorama of the Galactic Center builds on previous surveys from Chandra and other telescopes. This latest version expands Chandra’s high-energy view farther above and below the plane of…

Bubbles with Titanium Trigger Titanic Explosions

The heat from this cataclysmic event produces a shock wave – similar to a sonic boom from a supersonic jet – that races outwards through the rest of the doomed…

Telescopes Unite in Unprecedented Observations of Famous Black Hole

“We knew that the first direct image of a black hole would be groundbreaking,” said Kazuhiro Hada of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, a co-author of a new study…

Reclusive Neutron Star May Have Been Found in Famous Supernova

Since astronomers captured the bright explosion of a star on February 24, 1987, researchers have been searching for the squashed stellar core that should have been left behind. A group…

Rare Blast’s Remains Discovered in Milky Way Center

From NASA Feb 8, 2021  Back to Gallery Astronomers may have found our galaxy’s first example of an unusual kind of stellar explosion. This discovery, made with NASA’s Chandra X-ray…

Taken Under the ‘Wing’ of the Small Magellanic Cloud

Feb 5, 2021 From NASA The tip of the “wing” of the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy is dazzling in this 2013 view from NASA’s Great Observatories. The Small Magellanic Cloud,…

Chandra Studies Extraordinary Magnetar

In 2020, astronomers added a new member to an exclusive family of exotic objects with the discovery of a magnetar. New observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory help support the…

On the Hunt for a Missing Giant Black Hole

Despite searching with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have no evidence that a distant black hole estimated to weigh between 3 billion and 100 billion times…

Data Sonification: A New Cosmic Triad of Sound

From NASA Nov. 30, 2020 A new trio of examples of ‘data sonification’ from NASA missions provides a new method to enjoy an arrangement of cosmic objects. Data sonification translates…

Chandra Data Tests ‘Theory of Everything’

March 19, 2020 One of the biggest ideas in physics is the possibility that all known forces, particles, and interactions can be connected in one framework. String theory is arguably…

Galactic Pyrotechnics From 23 Million Light Years Away

From NASA Dec. 31, 2019 Galactic Pyrotechnics From 23 Million Light Years Away A galaxy about 23 million light years away is the site of impressive, ongoing fireworks. Rather than…

Black Hole Nurtures Baby Stars a Million Light-Years Away

From NASA Nov. 29, 2019 Black Hole Nurtures Baby Stars a Million Light-Years Away Back to Gallery Black holes are famous for ripping objects apart, including stars. But now, astronomers…

Stars Are Being Born in the Depths of a Black Hole

From NASA Stars Are Being Born in the Depths of a Black Hole Located about 5.8 billion light years from Earth in the Phoenix Constellation, astronomers have confirmed the first…

Gamma ray flash was star swallowed whole by black hole

Yikes! What a way to go. One wonders if there were any planets around that star and if they may have contained life. We’ll never know. Black hole eats star,…