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CubeSat Deployed to View Sun’s Soft X-rays

The Miniature X-Ray Solar Spectrometer, or MinXSS, CubeSat dropped from an airlock on the International Space Station on Monday to keep an eye on “soft X-rays” emitted by the Sun. CubeSat uses a commercially purchased X-ray spectrometer for a detector and … Continue reading

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Scientists Have Created an X-Ray Map of the Sky

Though we can’t see it, a lot of physical activity happens across different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. X-rays zip around the night sky as a result of cosmic phenomena. Finding out from where these rays blast off helps us … Continue reading

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Japan Launched a High-Tech X-Ray Observatory

In February, Japan launched a new X-ray observatory to probe some of the universe’s deepest mysteries. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) ASTRO-H spacecraft launched on Feb. 12 from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, Japan. ASTRO-H is designed to help scientists … 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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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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Supermassive Black Hole’s Spin Revealed for the First Time

The NuSTAR’s super sensitive measurements of high-energy X-rays finally cracked the case- what’s going on with the black hole? Continue reading

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