Category Archives: X-Rays and Space

NASA technology used in digital dental x-ray Imager

Did you know that NASA is present when you go to the dentist? Think of the sensor that enables digital x-ray imagery that allows dentists to spot problems. Yup, that’s NASA! That technology had its start looking at planets, stars, … Continue reading

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Deepest Ever X-Ray Image of Space Captures Countless Black Holes

Large numbers of supermassive black holes can be seen in an incredible new picture that astronomers said is the deepest X-ray image of the sky ever captured. Researchers said the concentration of black holes in the central region of the picture … Continue reading

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An X-Ray Surprise! When Black Holes Stop Eating, Galaxies Fade Away

Starve the black hole, and your galaxy dims. The photos below from Forbes show this amazing cosmic lesson firsthand! Some large galaxies have a massive, active black hole as their source of light. These black holes are brighter than all … Continue reading

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Astronomers Find Group of Fast-Spinning, X-ray Active Stars

Using observations from NASA’s Kepler and Swift space observatories, astronomers have spotted 18 fast-spinning stars that produce X-rays at more than 100 times the peak levels ever seen from the Sun. “These stars rotate in just a few days on … Continue reading

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Weird Extragalactic X-Ray Flares Baffle Astronomers

And as you know, we love all things weird, extragalactic, and x-ray!   Astronomers are baffled by two mysterious objects in space that blast superbright, superfast X-ray flares and could represent a brand new type of astrophysical phenomenon. When these … Continue reading

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Asteroid mission will carry student X-ray experiment

On September 8th, NASA launched a spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu. Among that spacecraft’s five instruments is a student experiment that will use X-rays to help determine Bennu’s surface composition. The student experiment developed by researchers and students … Continue reading

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X-ray pulsars plot the way for deep-space GPS

An interstellar navigation technique that taps into the signals from X-ray pulsars is being developed by a team of scientists from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Leicester. The team is using a small x-ray telescope on … Continue reading

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