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,…