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This artist’s concept shows the BurstCube satellite in orbit against a background of stars.

NASA’s Tiny BurstCube Mission Launches to Study Cosmic Blasts

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Editor’s note, April 18, 2024: BurstCube deployed into orbit from the space station April 18, 2024. It will begin a…

Article2 months ago
A three-panel image of a supernova remnant. The left panel is labeled “NIRCam” while the two right panels are labeled “MIRI M R S Argon two” (at top) and “NIRSpec I F U Argon six” (at bottom). At left, a mottled light pinkish-orange oval whose inner edge resembles a string of pearls. Within the oval is a dense blue-green cloud, shaped like a keyhole. Three stars with six-point diffraction patterns surround the oval. Above and below these structures, are very faint orange rings, which form a figure eight pattern. The center of the supernova remnant is surrounded by a white box with lines leading to the upper and lower right of the image, where two stacked panels show a bright orange ring with an orange dot in the middle. The upper panel is fuzzier and more blobby, while the bottom panel has more clearly defined edges around the ring and central dot.

Webb Finds Evidence for Neutron Star at Heart of Young Supernova Remnant

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has found the best evidence yet for emission from a neutron star at the site…

Article3 months ago

NASA Telescopes Find New Clues About Mysterious Deep Space Signals

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Using two of the agency’s X-ray telescopes, researchers were able to zoom in on a dead star’s erratic behavior as…

Article3 months ago
Black background dotted with galaxies. A square box in the lower-right quadrant of the image denotes a callout that provides an expanded view of that region. The expanded box view (just left of image center) reveals the host galaxy of the Fast Radio Burst.

Hubble Finds Weird Home of Farthest Fast Radio Burst

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Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found a rare event in an oddball place. It’s called a fast radio…

Article4 months ago
The BurstCube satellite sits on a table with its solar panels extended.

NASA’s BurstCube Passes Milestones on Journey to Launch

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Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have completed testing for BurstCube, a shoebox-sized spacecraft…

Article5 months ago
A binary system containing a pulsar that sometimes disrupts the stream coming from its companion star, which changes the type of emission it produces.

NASA’s Fermi Mission Nets 300 Gamma-Ray Pulsars … and Counting

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A new catalog produced by a French-led international team of astronomers shows that NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered…

Article6 months ago