News tagged with neutron stars

The engine that powers short gamma-ray bursts

( -- These explosions have been puzzling scientists for years: those brief flashes of gamma light can in fact release more energy in a fraction of a second than what our entire galaxy releases in one year – ...

dateApr 08, 2011 in Astronomy
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Fermi telescope explores new energy extremes

( -- After more than three years in space, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is extending its view of the high-energy sky into a largely unexplored electromagnetic range. Today, the Fermi team announced its ...

dateJan 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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NuSTAR delivers the X-ray goods

( —NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is giving the wider astronomical community a first look at its unique X-ray images of the cosmos. The first batch of data from the black-hole hunting ...

dateSep 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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A hidden population of exotic neutron stars

( —Magnetars – the dense remains of dead stars that erupt sporadically with bursts of high-energy radiation - are some of the most extreme objects known in the Universe. A major campaign using NASA's Chandra ...

dateMay 23, 2013 in Astronomy
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Light echo helps researchers map out parts of galaxy

Thousands of years before humans invented agriculture, a bright burst of X-rays left the dense neutron star Circinus X-1, located in the faint Southern constellation Circinus. A year and a half ago, those X-rays were detected ...

dateJul 03, 2015 in Astronomy
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