This stunning Chandra image of ngc6388 suggests that “a white dwarf star may have ripped apart a planet as it came too close.”
NASA has revealed spectacular, newly reprocessed images of four of the most amazing supernovas ever captured by a human science instrument—the Crab Nebula (top), Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58—to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra observatory. I decided to go one step further and collect them all.
NASA has published this image showing the M51 spiral galaxy—located 30 million light years away from Earth—eating a tiny galaxy like a hamster would it a tiny burrito, which you can see on its upper left.* It was obtained using data from the Chandra X-Ray space observatory and optical data from amateur telescopes on…
The first time I saw this image taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory I instantly thought of dozens scenes in science fiction movies, games, and illustrations—interstellar ships about to come out of hyperspace portals or wormholes. Spectacular photo.
NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory has captured this incredible image of an object 1,000 light years away from Earth. It looks like an awesome Klingon spaceship accelerating to Warp 10. Or a majestic 12-mile-long Cylon Basestar that flies through the cosmos rotating eleven times every second.
If you thought space was a peaceful vacuum, think again: scientists have discovered the fastest winds ever observed on a stellar-mass black hole, and they reach an incredible 20 million mph.
We knew galaxies collide with each other, but we rarely see beautiful pictures of them about to engage in a titanic clusterfuck. This is one of those: VV 340 North about hit VV 340 on the bracket.
This photo shows the Antenna galaxies, which started colliding 100 million years ago, creating millions of stars in the process which later exploded as supernovas. I really find it hard and sad to know that I'll never see this live.
18,700 years ago, a supernova in the Circinus constellation resulted in a neutron star that spins seven times per second, a pulsar 20 kilometers in diameter called PSR B1509-58. Yes, it's either that or God's hand giving us five.
I've seen many amazing, inspiring, and humbling deep space images, but this look inside the heart of our very own galaxy has left me without superlatives. Zoom in to get the 2820x1409 pixel image, and see how it was made.