Chandra X-ray Center

Resolving a galactic mystery

An extremely deep Chandra X-ray Observatory image of a region near the center of our Galaxy has resolved a long-standing mystery about an X-ray glow along the plane of the Galaxy. The glow in the region covered by the Chandra ...

dateApr 29, 2009 in Astronomy
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M82: 'Survivor' Black Holes May Be Mid-Sized

( -- New evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton strengthens the case that two mid-sized black holes exist close to the center of a nearby starburst galaxy. These "survivor" black ...

dateApr 29, 2010 in Astronomy
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Image: The Heart of a Rose

( -- This composite image shows the Rosette star formation region, located about 5,000 light years from Earth.

dateSep 08, 2010 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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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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X-ray discovery points to location of missing matter

Using observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton, astronomers have announced a robust detection of a vast reservoir of intergalactic gas about 400 million light years from Earth. This discovery ...

dateMay 11, 2010 in Astronomy
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Exploding stars and stripes

The discovery of a pattern of X-ray "stripes" in the remains of an exploded star may provide the first direct evidence that a cosmic event can accelerate particles to energies a hundred times higher than achieved by the most ...

dateMar 24, 2011 in Astronomy
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