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Stay up-to-date with the latest news from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory

Stellar Beads on a String
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Astronomers have discovered one of the most powerful eruptions from a black hole ever recorded in the system known as SDSS J1531+3414…

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Telescopes Show the Milky Way’s Black Hole is Ready for a Kick
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This artist’s illustration depicts the findings of a new study about the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy called…

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When Dead Stars Collide!
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In October 2017, for the first time, astronomers observed light and gravitational waves from the same source.

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NASA Scientists Discover a Novel Galactic ‘Fossil’
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Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have discovered X-ray activity that sheds light on the evolution…

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Astronomers Find Spark of Star Birth Across Billions of Years
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These four images represent a sample of galaxy clusters that are part of the largest and most complete study to learn what…

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NASA Telescopes Chase Down “Green Monster” in Star’s Debris
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For the first time astronomers have combined data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and James Webb Space Telescope to study the well-known supernova…

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NASA Features New Discoveries at American Astronomical Society Meeting
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Experts will discuss new research from NASA missions at the 243rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), on topics…

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NASA Telescopes Start the Year With a Double Bang
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A colorful, festive image shows different types of light containing the remains of not one, but at least two, exploded…

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Sprightly Stars Illuminate ‘Christmas Tree Cluster’
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This new image of NGC 2264, also known as the “Christmas Tree Cluster,” shows the shape of a cosmic tree…

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Chandra Catches Spider Pulsars Destroying Nearby Stars
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A group of dead stars known as “spider pulsars” are obliterating companion stars within their reach. Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory of the globular…

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NASA Telescope Data Becomes Music You Can Play
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For millennia, musicians have looked to the heavens for inspiration. Now a new collaboration is enabling actual data from NASA telescopes to…

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NASA Telescopes Discover Record-Breaking Black Hole
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Astronomers have discovered the most distant black hole yet seen in X-rays, using NASA telescopes. The black hole is at…

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NASA X-ray Telescopes Reveal the “Bones” of a Ghostly Cosmic Hand
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In 1895, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays and used them to image the bones in his wife’s hand, kicking off a…

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Chandra Rewinds Story of Great Eruption of the 1840s
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A new time-lapse sequence shows Eta Carinae as it changes over time from 1999 to 2020.

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A Fab Five: New Images with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory
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A quintet of images made from different types of light — including X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory — has…

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A Giant Black Hole Destroys a Massive Star
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Astronomers have made an unprecedented forensic study of a star that was torn apart when it ventured too close to…

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Cosmic Harmonies: Sonifications From NASA Telescopes
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Three new sonifications of data from Chandra and other NASA telescopes have been released.

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Galaxies Go on Deep Dive, Leave Fiery Tail Behind
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A group of galaxies is plunging into the Coma galaxy cluster and leaving behind an enormous tail of superheated gas.…

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NASA’s Chandra, Webb Combine for Arresting Views
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Four composite images deliver dazzling views from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and James Webb Space Telescope of two galaxies, a…

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‘H’ is for Hot and Huge in Chandra Image
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There is an “H”-shaped structure outlined in the hot gas in the galaxy Messier 84 (M84). Jets from the supermassive…

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Galaxy With Black Hole Shines In Image From NASA’s Chandra, IXPE
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In the center of this galaxy is a supermassive black hole feeding off the gas and dust encircling it, and…

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