Although its job is to search for powerful energies emanated by distant cosmic objects, a space observatory recently turned its eye toward Earth and saw our home planet's aurora glowing brightly with powerful X-rays.
Europe's XMM-Newton telescope took an X-ray scan of the Milky Way's core, capturing some dazzling high-energy delights.
A space telescope designed to look into the furthest-most reaches of space at some of the most energetic phenomena in the known universe has, once again, been turned to face our nearest star.
The debris from a stellar explosion from 2,200 years ago still shines brightly in x-rays -- even though it shouldn't Continue reading →
Astronomers make the first direct observations of a "missing link" between two stages of neutron star evolution. Continue reading →
It's a case of cosmic whodunit: What happened to all the external stars in M60-UCD1, an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy? They were stolen. Continue reading →
An elderly neutron star appears to be hiding a surprisingly powerful magnetic field. And it's probably not the only one of its kind! Continue reading →
Ever tried to comprehend the magnitude of the cosmos and some of its most energetic processes? If so, the X-ray halo around the merging galaxies known as NGC 6240 may just blow your mind. Continue reading →
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