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Was Kepler's supernova unusually powerful?

(—In 1604, a new star appeared in the night sky that was much brighter than Jupiter and dimmed over several weeks. This event was witnessed by sky watchers including the famous astronomer Johannes Kepler. Centuries ...

dateSep 11, 2012 in Astronomy
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A surprisingly bright superbubble

(—This composite image shows a superbubble in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way located about 160,000 light years from Earth.

dateAug 30, 2012 in Astronomy
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X-rays discovered from young supernova remnant

( -- Over fifty years ago, a supernova was discovered in M83, a spiral galaxy about 15 million light years from Earth. Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to make the first detection of X-rays ...

dateJul 31, 2012 in Astronomy
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Has the speediest pulsar been found?

( -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton in space, and the Parkes radio telescope in Australia -- may have found the fastest moving pulsar ever seen.

dateJun 28, 2012 in Astronomy
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Giant black hole kicked out of home galaxy

( -- Astronomers have found strong evidence that a massive black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at a speed of several million miles per hour. New observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory suggest ...

dateJun 04, 2012 in Astronomy
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A pinwheel in many colors

( -- This image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, or also known as M101, combines data in the infrared, visible, ultraviolet and X-rays from four of NASA's space-based telescopes. This multi-spectral view shows that both young ...

dateMay 25, 2012 in Astronomy
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A supernova cocoon breakthrough

( -- Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have provided the first X-ray evidence of a supernova shock wave breaking through a cocoon of gas surrounding the star that exploded. This discovery may help ...

dateMay 15, 2012 in Astronomy
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Discovery of the Musket Ball Cluster

( -- Using a combination of powerful observatories in space and on the ground, astronomers have observed a violent collision between two galaxy clusters in which so-called normal matter has been wrenched apart from ...

dateApr 12, 2012 in Astronomy
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