Chandra X-ray Observatory

  • Ready and Abell

    Big telescopes observe something big taking shape.

    Astronomers using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes have put together a detailed map of...

    Astronomy October 27, 2019
  • Colours come, colours go

    NASA satellite spots a mystery that’s gone in a flash.

    The pops of bright blue and green in this image of the Fireworks galaxy NGC 6946 show the locations of extremely brig...

    Astrophysics September 5, 2019
  • Dense, distant and full of dark matter

    A galaxy in which nothing has happened for billions of years.

    This is a lonely, stunted, ancient galaxy, full to bursting with dark matter.Its name is Markarian 1216, and it for...

    Astrophysics June 4, 2019
  • Bubbles in space

    Massive balls of gas seen near a black hole.

    This is an image of the galaxy known as NGC 3079, situated 67 million light-years from Earth.The picture is a composi...

    Space March 4, 2019
  • The galaxy clusters that evoke Gene Roddenberry

    New image bears resemblance to classic TV sci-fi.

    It requires a bit of squinting and a benevolent imagination, but it is certainly possible to see why the good folk at...

    Space November 18, 2018
  • Meet the youngest pulsar ever found

    Images reveal an explosion took place around the same time Leonardo da Vinci was alive.

    Moving at an astounding one million metres per second, the wind created by what may well be the youngest pulsar in th...

    Space October 21, 2018
  • A giant molecular cloud floating in space

    Stars are formed in giant molecular clouds like this one.

    A combined X-ray and infrared image of the W51 molecular cloud.X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L. Townsley et al; Infrared: NASA/...

    Space July 13, 2017
  • X-rays shine as stars are torn apart

    In the merging galaxies of Arp 299, binary systems produce bright, bright X-rays.

    The colliding galaxies of Arp 299. X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Crete/K. Anastasopoulou et al, NASA/NuSTAR/GSFC/A. Ptak e...

    Space June 28, 2017
  • A super-supermassive black hole on the run

    Astronomers have spotted an enormous fast-moving black hole that is likely the product of the col...

    Artist’s impression of the wandering black hole with optical and X-ray images of the real thing (inset).CXC/M. Weiss;...

    Space May 18, 2017
  • After 30 years, a champagne supernova

    Since 1987 astronomers have been closely watching as a massive star tears itself apart. Andrew Ma...

    These images, taken between 1994 and 2016 by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, chronicle the brightening of a ring of ga...

    Space March 1, 2017
  • Cataclysmic cluster collision

    Telescopes spot a powerful cosmic double whammy.

    X-ray: NASA / CXC / SAO / R. van Weeren et al; Optical: NAOJ / Subaru; Radio: NCRA / TIFR / GMRTAstronomers have disc...

    Space January 15, 2017
  • Ultra-bright black hole found 'wandering' in distant universe

    It’s straying to the edge of its galaxy – but the galaxy might not be its original host. Belinda ...

    X-ray image of the suspected ultra-bright black hole XJ1417+52 on the edge of the galaxy GJ1417+52.X-ray: NASA / CXC ...

    Space October 11, 2016
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