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NASA's Swift Mission Observes Mega Flares from a Mini Star

09.30.2014
On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star.

Evidence for Supernovas Near Earth

08.26.2014
Once every 50 years, more or less, a massive star explodes somewhere in the Milky Way. At its peak, a supernova can outshine the entire Milky Way.

RXTE Satellite Decodes the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

08.18.2014
Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite.

NASA-funded X-ray Instrument Settles Interstellar Debate

07.28.2014
New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky.

Iron 'Fingerprints' Point Astronomers to Supernova Suspects

07.02.2014
An international team of astronomers using data from the Japan-led Suzaku X-ray observatory has developed a powerful technique for analyzing supernova remnants.

New Suspect Identified in Supernova Explosion

06.04.2014
New results from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed a rare example of Type Ia explosion, in which a dead star "fed" off an aging star like a cosmic zombie, triggering a blast.

WFIRST: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe

05.30.2014
The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is an upcoming space telescope designed to perform wide-field imaging and spectroscopy of the infrared sky.

RXTE Reveals the Cloudy Cores of Active Galaxies

02.19.2014
Using data from the RXTE satellite, an international team has uncovered a dozen instances where X-ray signals from active galaxies dimmed as a result of a cloud of gas moving across our line of sight.

NASA Sees 'Watershed' Cosmic Blast in Unique Detail

11.21.2013
On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world.

Suzaku Study Points to Early Cosmic 'Seeding'

10.30.2013
Most of the universe's heavy elements, including the iron central to life itself, formed early in cosmic history and spread throughout the universe, according to a new study.

Astronomers Uncover a 'Transformer' Pulsar

09.25.2013
An international team of scientists using a fleet of orbiting X-ray telescopes, including NASA's Swift and Chandra X-ray Observatory, has discovered a millisecond pulsar with a dual identity.

Science Outreach Reaches In

07.23.2013
Some 60 scientists, researchers, interns and outreach personnel manned stations for the annual Science Jamboree at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on July 16.

Black Hole Naps Amidst Stellar Chaos

06.11.2013
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory caught signs of what appeared to be a black hole snacking on gas at the middle of the nearby Sculptor galaxy. Now,NuSTAR results imply it went dormant.

NASA's Swift Produces Best Ultraviolet Maps of the Nearest Galaxies

06.03.2013
Astronomers at NASA and Pennsylvania State have used the Swift satellite to create the most detailed ultraviolet light surveys ever of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.

Dying Supergiant Stars Implicated in Hours-long Gamma-Ray Bursts

04.16.2013
Three unusually long-lasting stellar explosions discovered by NASA’s Swift satellite represent a previously unrecognized class of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs).

Suzaku 'Post-mortem' Yields Insight into Kepler's Supernova

04.08.2013
An exploding star observed in 1604 by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler held a greater fraction of heavy elements than the sun, according to an analysis of X-ray observations from Suzaku.

New Mission to Uncover Physics of Neutron Stars and Demonstrate Game-Changing Navigation Technology

04.05.2013
NICER will gather scientific data revealing the physics of the densest matter allowed in nature, and could revolutionize our ability to travel to the far reaches of the solar system and beyond.
NASA Taps the Power of Zombie Stars in Two-in-One Instrument

NASA Selects Explorer Investigations for Formulation

04.05.2013
NASA's Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected two missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satellite and an International Space Station instrument to observe X-rays from stars.

NASA's Swift Sizes Up Comet ISON

03.29.2013
Astronomers from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and Lowell Observatory have used NASA's Swift satellite to check out comet C/2012 S1 (ISON).

NASA's Swift, Chandra Explore a Youthful 'Star Wreck'

03.15.2013
While performing an extensive X-ray survey of our galaxy's central regions, NASA's Swift satellite has uncovered the previously unknown remains of a shattered star.

NASA scientists build first-ever wide-field X-ray imager

02.07.2013
Three NASA scientists teamed up to develop and demonstrate NASA's first wide-field-of-view soft X-ray camera for studying "charge exchange."

Astronomers Catch Jet from Binge-Eating Black Hole

12.12.2012
Back in January, a new X-ray source flared and rapidly brightened in the Andromeda galaxy (M31). It became the target of an intense observing campaign by orbiting X-ray telescopes -- including NASA's Swift.

'Cry' of a Shredded Star Heralds a New Era for Testing Relativity

08.02.2012
Last year, astronomers discovered a black hole in a distant galaxy that erupted after shredding and consuming a passing star. Now an X-ray signal that comes from matter on the verge of falling into the black hole has been observed.

NASA X-ray Concept Inspired from a Roll of Scotch® Tape

07.26.2012
The inspiration behind NASA scientist Maxim Markevitch's quest to build a highly specialized X-ray mirror using a never-before-tried technique comes from an unusual source: a roll of Scotch® tape.

In McNeil's Nebula, a Young Star Flaunts its X-ray Spots

07.03.2012
Using combined data from a trio of orbiting X-ray telescopes astronomers have obtained a rare glimpse of the powerful phenomena that accompany a still-forming star.
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