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NuStar’s latest image maps Andromeda’s dead stars

NuSTAR has observed 40 “X-ray binaries” — intense sources of X-rays comprised of a black hole or neutron star that feeds off a stellar companion. 532 more words

Astronomy

X-ray Sources in Andromeda

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (or NuSTAR) has captured the best high-energy X-ray view yet of a band across Andromeda, our nearest large, neighboring galaxy. The satellite has observed 40 “X-ray binaries,” intense sources of X-rays comprised of a black hole or neutron star that feeds off a stellar companion.

Image Credit: NASA

Science

An In-Depth X-ray Picture of X-Ray Binary Systems in Andromeda

Andromeda (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC)

While everyone else was making popcorn garlands and giving sentimental presents and eating marshmallow candies shaped like Santa, astronomers were busy too…busy scanning the Andromeda galaxy with a super powerful x-ray telescope array in space! 258 more words

The Universe in X-ray Light

When I stop and think about it, it never ceases to amaze me that radio waves, infrared light, which we experience as heat, x-rays and gamma-rays are all the same fundamental physical phenomenon – light, or electromagnetic radiation.    923 more words

2015

The Diner at the Center of the Galaxy

Not to be confused with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Video Credit: NASA 9 more words

Science

June 13 - New Planet and NuSTAR

Exoplanet Gliese 876d was discovered on June 13th 2005 by the California and Carnegie Planet Search.  It was found by using the radial velocity… 197 more words

US Space Program

New solar portrait taken in high-energy x-rays

From a NuSTAR mission press release:

A mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of the Sun. 155 more words

10. Our Star: The Sun