This stunning Chandra image of ngc6388 suggests that “a white dwarf star may have ripped apart a planet as it came too close.”
What a difference a wavelength makes: On the left is the M82 Galaxy as seen in the visible light spectrum, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope — and the image we most associate with that galaxy. On the right is an x-ray image of the same galaxy, taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
The Chandra X-ray observatory has been observing the universe in X-ray wavelengths for fifteen years. The space telescope's scientific highlights gallery has so much gorgeous X-ray goodness that it's hard to pick favourites. Need to be swept away by the sheer beauty of space? We've got you covered.
When the Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates a launch anniversary, it goes big with exploding stars and rotating neutron stars. Today marks 15 years of precision X-ray investigations of stars, galaxies, black holes, neutron stars, and even dark energy. NASA celebrates with supernova and pulsars.
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.
Most of the universe is made up out of things we can't find. While dark matter is just that — dark — an X-ray anomaly in Perseus and 72 other galaxies may finally be a tell-tale signature of a particular form of dark matter releasing light as it decays.
The Whirlpool Galaxy is an astrophotography classic, all swirling arms and bright stars. A new composite image of optical and X-ray wavelengths layers in a map of neutron stars and black holes within the galaxy, bright X-ray sources highlighting an ongoing galactic collision.
Galaxies often hit each other. But what about galactic clusters? It happens — and this is what it looks like when the largest gravitationally bound objects in the universe slam into one another.
Thousands of light years away in the constellation Draco shines the Cat's Eye planetary nebula. Formed when a star transitions into a red giant and sheds its outer layers, the planetary nebula will shed gas until only a hot, dense core of a white dwarf is left behind.
Blending images from multiple telescopes is scientifically fantastic for investigating structure, but also results in beautiful images. In this set of 4 images, Chandra data is layered with Spitzer's infrared data, and the optical data from amateur astrophotographers.
The Chandra X-Ray Observatory recently released four of the most stunning images of galaxies we've ever seen — but these mind-blowing pictures couldn't have come into existence without the help of amateur astronomers and photographers.
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…
This fluff-ball in space is E0102, the debris left over from a massive stellar explosion in the Small Magellanic Cloud. It's located 190,000 light years away in the constellation Tucana, and it's a favourite target of NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observer.
Centurus A is an active galaxy 11 million light years away in the constellation Centaurus. It's a complex knot of hot and cold gases and dust, tracing out a collision from time long gone past. By looking at it in multiple wavelengths, astronomers can get a better understanding of its structure.
When supernova explode, they fling gas out into space, creating beautiful, gauzy remnant for us to drool over. Supernova remnant G352 is pretty, but weird. It's collecting extra material, misplaced its neutron star, and looks dramatically different depending on the wavelength.
When half of a binary system goes supernova, usually that means a very bad day for the remaining star. But DEM L241 is tougher than that, surviving the astronomical blast to shine another day.
By magnifying a region of space 6 billion light-years away, astronomers have directly measured the spin of a distant black hole — and holy crap do these things ever rotate quickly.
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.
See that purple stream at the bottom right? It's the helical jet from a runaway pulsar that's streaking across the Milky Way at speeds reaching five million mph. But more extraordinary than that is how freakishly long this thing is.
In 1797, legendary astronomer William Herschel first caught sight of this object and declared it "a very remarkable phenomenon." Although it's sometimes called the Clownface Nebula, it's probably better known as the Eskimo Nebula, because it resembles (however vaguely) a person's face inside a parka hood.