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Dead star and distant black holes dazzle in X-rays

(Phys.org) —Two new views from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, showcase the telescope's talent for spying objects near and far. One image shows the energized remains of a dead star, ...

dateJan 09, 2014 in Astronomy
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Swift catches X-ray action at Milky Way's center

(Phys.org) —Recent observations by NASA's Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that ...

dateJan 08, 2014 in Astronomy
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Death by black hole in small galaxy?

(Phys.org) —A bright, long-duration flare may be the first recorded event of a black hole destroying a star in a dwarf galaxy. The evidence comes from two independent studies using data from NASA's Chandra ...

dateJan 08, 2014 in Astronomy
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Taking the pulse of a supermassive black hole

(Phys.org) —Rare heartbeat-like pulsations detected from a supermassive black hole may grant scientists better insight into these exotic objects, according to two University of Alabama astronomers who co-authored ...

dateDec 05, 2013 in Astronomy
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The search for medium-sized black holes

Black holes can be petite, with masses only about 10 times that of our sun—or monstrous, boasting the equivalent in mass up to 10 billion suns. Do black holes also come in size medium? NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic ...

dateNov 27, 2013 in Astronomy
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Image: Hubble shoots Bright Quasar 3C 273

(Phys.org) —This image from Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) is likely the best of ancient and brilliant quasar 3C 273, which resides in a giant elliptical galaxy in the constellation ...

dateNov 25, 2013 in Astronomy
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Image: Hot gas sloshing in a galactic cauldron

(Phys.org) —Galaxies are social beasts that are mostly found in groups or clusters – large assemblies of galaxies that are permeated by even larger amounts of diffuse gas. With temperatures of 10 million ...

dateNov 19, 2013 in Astronomy
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New type of black-hole quasar discovered

(Phys.org) —Like our Milky Way, every known large galaxy has at its center a supermassive black hole, some of which are surrounded by a super-bright disk of hot gas called a quasar—but now a research ...

dateNov 08, 2013 in Astronomy
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Black holes don't make a big splash

(Phys.org) —Throughout our universe, tucked inside galaxies far, far away, giant black holes are pairing up and merging. As the massive bodies dance around each other in close embraces, they send out gravitational ...

dateNov 07, 2013 in Astronomy
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