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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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X-ray echoes of a shredded star provide close-up of “killer” black hole

Billions of years ago, a huge black hole shredded a passing star and emitted X-rays. Now astronomers are using X-ray echoes to study a newly awakened black hole for the first time. Now astronomers using archival observations from Swift, the European … Continue reading

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Scientist Over The Moon After X-Ray Experiment Blasts Off into Space

Samar Safi-Harb had the rare opportunity to watch one of her science projects blast off into space from the comfort of her Winnipeg, Canada home today. A Japanese rocket shot up through Earth’s atmosphere Wednesday carrying X-ray detectors, including a system called … Continue reading

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NASA Telescope Captures X-Ray of Neighboring Andromeda Galaxy

Nasa’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) captured the best X-ray image of the Andromeda galaxy yet. NuSTAR’s view (above) shows X-rays coming from pairs of stars, known as binaries, one half of the pair is a dead star. The dead star … Continue reading

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A Slew of Slews

This photo is a record of more than a thousand movements made by ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope as it shifts its gaze from one X-ray object to another. Orbiting in space since 1999, XMM-Newton is studying high-energy phenomena in the universe, … Continue reading

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Supernova Explosion Ripped Star’s Guts Out

A massive supernova explosion that destroyed a faraway star apparently turned the left over stellar corpse inside out as well, scientists say. Continue reading

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