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July 2, 2020
By combining data from telescopes with supercomputer simulations and virtual reality (or "VR"), a new visualization allows you to experience 500 years of cosmic evolution around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
June 18, 2020
By detecting an X-ray flare from a very young star using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers have reset the timeline for when stars like the Sun start blasting high-energy radiation into space.
June 2, 2020
By combining data from telescopes with supercomputer simulations and virtual reality (or "VR"), a new visualization allows you to experience 500 years of cosmic evolution around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
May 29, 2020
Astronomers have caught a black hole hurling hot material into space at close to the speed of light.
May 11, 2020
Several hundred million years ago, two galaxy clusters collided and then passed through each other. This mighty event released a flood of hot gas from each galaxy cluster that formed an unusual bridge between the two objects.
April 23, 2020
Astronomers may have discovered a new kind of survival story: a star that had a brush with a giant black hole and lived to tell the tale through exclamations of X-rays.
April 8, 2020
One of the fundamental ideas of cosmology is that everything looks the same in all directions if you look over large enough distances. A new study using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton is challenging that basic notion.
March 19, 2020
Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have made one of the first experimental tests of string theory, a set of models intended to tie together all known forces, particles, and interactions.
February 27, 2020
Astronomers have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe in a galaxy cluster 390 million light years away.
February 20, 2020
Astronomers have spotted a double star system is flip-flopping between two alter egos using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes.
January 29, 2020
These six visualizations represent work to explore rich datasets from powerful telescopes, like Chandra, by developing three-dimensional simulations.
January 6, 2020
Astronomers have shown that the famous black hole in Messier 87 is propelling particles faster than 99% of the speed of light using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
January 5, 2020
Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA's Universe of Learning program have combined X-ray, visible, and infrared wavelengths to create a 3D representation of the dynamic Crab Nebula.
December 17, 2019
Two groups of galaxies located about 380 million light years from Earth are slamming into each other at about 4 million miles per hour.
November 26, 2019
Astronomers have uncovered a black hole that may have sparked the birth of stars over a phenomenal distance of more than a million light years and across multiple galaxies.
November 18, 2019
Scientists have found stars forming at a furious rate in the Phoenix galaxy cluster. The supermassive black hole in the center of galaxy clusters usually stifles star formation, but the one in Phoenix is not.
October 24, 2019
When two pairs of galaxy clusters collide, the result is not four separate objects, but one giant galaxy cluster.
October 17, 2019
A new image of the Tycho supernova remnant from Chandra reveals an intriguing pattern of bright clumps and fainter holes giving clues about its origin.
September 25, 2019
A study using data from Chandra and other telescopes provides the strongest evidence yet for three supermassive black holes on a collision course.
September 11, 2019
Astronomers found X-ray bursts repeating about every nine hours coming from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy GSN 069.
August 26, 2019
Over its two decades in space, NASA´s Chandra X-ray Observatory has captured many spectacular images of cosmic phenomena. But perhaps its most iconic is the supernova remnant called Cassiopeia A.
August 8, 2019
Found at a time only about 850 million years after the Big Bang, this black hole could help us better understand an important epoch in the history of the Universe.
July 26, 2019
A scientific and engineering marvel, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has spent two decades (so far) exploring the cosmos unlike any other telescope. What it has found will astound you.
July 23, 2019
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, an assembly of new images has been released.
July 3, 2019
Astronomers have deployed a new technique to measure the spin of five supermassive black holes.
June 18, 2019
Does the Gas in Galaxy Clusters Flow Like Honey? Researchers used a deep Chandra dataset to study how the hot gas in the cluster behaves.
June 3, 2019
A galaxy that has been isolated for billions of years has been found to have more dark matter in its core than expected.
May 28, 2019
Scientists have found evidence that pairs of stars have been kicked out of their host galaxies.
April 16, 2019
A bright blast of X-rays from a source in a distant galaxy has led astronomers to a fascinating discovery.
March 21, 2019
A new visualization provides viewers with an immersive, 360-degree, ultra-high-definition view of the center of our Galaxy.
March 14, 2019
Fancy a cup of cosmic tea? This one isn't as calming as the ones on Earth. In a galaxy hosting a structure nicknamed the "Teacup," a galactic storm is raging.
February 28, 2019
The galaxy NGC 3079, located about 67 million light years from Earth, contains two /"superbubbles/" unlike anything here on our planet.
February 14, 2019
Astronomers have used Chandra to possibly identify the location of a third of the normal matter in the Universe created in the first billion years or so after the Big Bang.
January 29, 2019
Dark energy, a proposed force or energy that permeates all space and accelerates the Universe's expansion, may vary over time.
January 10, 2019
A ricocheting jet blasting from a giant black hole has been captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
January 9, 2019
A tidal disruption event in a galaxy about 290 million light years from Earth.
December 17, 2018
A collection of images including Chandra data that range in object type and distance.
November 15, 2018
Hidden in a distant galaxy cluster collision are wisps of gas resembling the starship Enterprise, an iconic spaceship from the "Star Trek" franchise.
October 18, 2018
Scientists have confirmed the identity of the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy. This result could provide astronomers new information about how some stars end their lives.
October 16, 2018
A distant cosmic relative to the first source that astronomers detected in both gravitational waves and light may have been discovered.
September 27, 2018
Astronomers have used data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to make heads and tails of a fascinating galactic system.
September 6, 2018
Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to discover a ring of black holes or neutron stars in a galaxy 300 million light years from Earth.
August 9, 2018
These Chandra data have provided strong evidence for the existence of so-called intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs).
July 18, 2018
Chandra data indicates that a young star has likely destroyed and consumed an infant planet.
June 21, 2018
Astronomers using Chandra found that black holes may have squelched star formation in small, yet massive galaxies known as "red nuggets".
June 6, 2018
A new study of Alpha Centauri indicates that any planets orbiting the two brightest stars are likely not being pummeled by large amounts of X-ray radiation from their host stars.
May 31, 2018
A new study using Chandra data of GW170817 indicates that the event that produced gravitational waves likely created the lowest mass black hole known.
May 23, 2018
Astronomers have discovered a special kind of neutron star for the first time outside of the Milky Way galaxy.
May 9, 2018
Astronomers have discovered evidence for thousands of black holes located near the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
May 2, 2018
By studying young clusters, astronomers hope to learn more about how stars-- including our Sun--are born
April 3, 2018
A gigantic and resilient "cold front" hurtling through the Perseus galaxy cluster has been studied using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
March 14, 2018
A new composite image of the Crab Nebula features X-rays from Chandra, optical data from Hubble, and infrared data from Spitzer.
February 15, 2018
Two groups of scientists, using data from Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, have found evidence that the growth of the biggest black holes in the Universe is outrunning the rate of formation of stars in the galaxies they inhabit.
January 12, 2018
The dining galaxy is known by its abbreviated name, J1354, and is about 800 million light years from Earth.
January 10, 2018
A new visualization provides an exceptional virtual trip - complete with a 360-degree view - to the center of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.
December 19, 2017
An innovative interpretation of X-ray data from a galaxy cluster could help scientists understand the nature of dark matter.
December 13, 2017
Where do most of the elements essential for life on Earth come from? The answer: inside the furnaces of stars and the explosions that mark the end of some stars lives.
November 30, 2017
An intriguing source has been discovered in the nearby Andromeda galaxy using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based optical telescopes.
November 7, 2017
A new study using Chandra and XMM-Newton data reveals that the auroras at Jupiter's poles behave independently.
October 16, 2017
Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to make the first X-ray detection of a gravitational wave source.
October 5, 2017
Astronomers have found evidence for five dual supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies, each containing millions of times the mass of the Sun.
September 19, 2017
For decades, astronomers have known about irregular outbursts from the double star system V745 Sco, which is located about 25,000 light years from Earth.
September 6, 2017
X-rays emitted by a planet's host star may provide critical clues to just how hospitable a star system could be.
August 10, 2017
IC 10 is a starburst galaxy that has many new stars forming within it.
July 12, 2017
Because of its relative proximity, the giant molecular cloud W51 provides astronomers with an excellent opportunity to study how stars are forming in our Milky Way galaxy.
June 26, 2017
What would happen if you took two galaxies and mixed them together over millions of years?
June 7, 2017
In biology, "symbiosis" refers to two organisms that live close to and interact with one another. Astronomers have long studied a class of stars-- called symbiotic stars--that co-exist in a similar way.
June 2, 2017
Astronomers have determined the Big Bang occurred about 13.8 billion years ago and have evidence from the SDSS that supermassive black holes with masses of about a billion times that of the sun existed by about 12.8 billion years ago.
May 11, 2017
Giant black holes are generally stationary objects, sitting at the centers of most galaxies. However, using data from NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, astronomers recently hunted down a supermassive black hole that may be on the move.
April 19, 2017
The Centaurus Cluster is a collection of hundreds of galaxies located about 145 million light years from Earth.
March 30, 2017
Scientists have discovered a mysterious flash of X-rays using Chandra X-ray Observatory, in the deepest X-ray image ever obtained.
March 13, 2017
In astronomy, a binary system is one where two objects are close enough that they orbit each other because they are gravitationally bound to one another.
February 24, 2017
Thirty years ago on February 24, 1987, observers in the southern hemisphere noticed a new object in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
February 6, 2017
Every so often, an object will pass too close to a black hole and be ripped apart by its intense gravitational forces.
January 6, 2017
What happens when astronomers use Chandra to take a long look at the same patch of sky?
January 5, 2017
There are many extraordinary things in the Universe. For example, astronomers have found many examples of supermassive black holes erupting in powerful outbursts that can stretch for millions of miles.
December 20, 2016
Although there are no seasons in space, this cosmic vista invokes thoughts of a frosty winter landscape.
December 12, 2016
Astronomers have used Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes to show that a very distant galaxy is undergoing an extraordinary boom of stellar construction.
November 25, 2016
The story of how stars are born and eventually die can be a complicated one.
October 20, 2016
Astronomers have found a pair of extraordinary objects that dramatically burst in X-rays. This discovery, made using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton observatory, may represent a new class of explosive events.
October 18, 2016
Each year, Chandra X-ray Observatory helps celebrate American Archive Month by releasing a collection of images using X-ray data that have been stored in its archive.
October 11, 2016
The Sun can create powerful storms capable of knocking out communication satellites and damaging electrical power systems on Earth.
October 7, 2016
First discovered in observations from Chandra and XMM-Newton over a decade ago, this object has some interesting properties.
September 16, 2016
During the summer of 2015, scientists and the public alike were treated to a flood of images and discoveries about Pluto as the New Horizon spacecraft made an unprecedented flyby of the dwarf planet.
September 12, 2016
When stars have more than about 8 times as much mass as the Sun, they end their lives in a spectacular explosion called a supernova.
August 31, 2016
Galaxy clusters are incredibly important objects in the Universe since they are the largest objects in the Universe held together by gravity.
August 26, 2016
In science, pressure is defined as the amount of force over a given area. This means you can have the same amount of force over two different areas and end up with different results.
August 24, 2016
The range of mass in our everyday lives and what we can appreciate in sporting events like the Olympics is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg - especially once we allow our minds to consider the wonders of space
August 22, 2016
Time and our ability to measure it accurately is also key for many frontiers of science, including astrophysics.
August 18, 2016
While they may sound like very different and distinct fields, astronomy and history can intersect in very interesting and important ways.
August 12, 2016
A galaxy and a cloud of cool gas located about 680 million light years from Earth.
August 5, 2016
A low-mass red dwarf star about 31 light years away from Earth.
July 19, 2016
Gamma-ray bursts are some of the most powerful explosions in the Universe.
July 1, 2016
Despite how large some Olympic distances may seem, they are just a tiny fraction of the lengths we see across space.
June 27, 2016
Astronomers have found many black holes both here in our Milky Way galaxy and beyond.
June 23, 2016
By converting speeds from common experiences into meters per second, we can use this as a reference point for exploring the enormous range of speeds around the world and across the Universe.
June 16, 2016
In the Olympic Games, athletes often need to rotate in order to compete in their sports. We also find things in space that rotate.
June 15, 2016
One of the most exciting developments in astronomy in the last couple of decades has been the discovery and study of planets around stars other than our Sun.
June 3, 2016
The AstrOlympics project explores the spectacular range of science that we can find both in the impressive feats of the Olympic Games as well as in cosmic phenomena throughout the Universe.
June 2, 2016
The new results suggest that at least some of the supermassive black holes in the early Universe formed through this direct collapse method.
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