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NuSTAR Celebrates Two Years of Science in Space
NuSTAR Celebrates Two Years of Science in Space
07.31.14 – NuSTAR's next two years in space will see more revelations about black holes and extremely energetic objects.
NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid
NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid
07.23.14 – Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) was originally thought to be an asteroid, but observations by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft indicate that it's a comet.
Out of An Hours-long Explosion, A Stand-In For the First Stars
Out of An Hours-long Explosion, A Stand-In For The First Stars
07.11.14 – Astronomers analyzing a long-lasting blast of high-energy light observed in 2013 report finding features strikingly similar to those expected from an explosion from the universe's earliest stars.
Comet Pan-STARRS Marches Across the Sky
Comet Pan-STARRS Marches Across the Sky
07.03.14 – Comet Pan-STARRS poses with a spiral galaxy in new snapshots from NASA's NEOWISE mission.
Iron 'Fingerprints' Point Astronomers to Supernova Suspects
Iron ‘Fingerprints’ Point Astronomers to Supernova Suspects
07.02.14 – Astronomers using the Suzaku X-ray observatory developed a powerful technique for analyzing supernova remnants.
NASA's IRIS Solar Observatory After 1 Year in Space
NASA's IRIS Solar Observatory After 1 Year in Space
06.27.14 – NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, which observes the low level of the sun's atmosphere, marked its first year in space on June 27.
NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet
NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet
06.19.14 – Mars flyby comet Siding Spring experienced its first significant heating by the sun in May, allowing scientists to estimate its size.
NASA's IRIS Observes its First Gigantic Solar Eruption
NASA's IRIS Observes its First Gigantic Solar Eruption
05.30.14 – NASA's newest solar observatory, IRIS, caught its first coronal mass ejection in extraordinary detail, in better resolution than ever before.
NASA's Spitzer and WISE Telescopes Find Close, Cold Neighbor of Sun
NASA's Spitzer and WISE Telescopes Find Close, Cold Neighbor of Sun
04.25.14 – NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest “brown dwarf” known — a dim, star-like body that surprisingly is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.
Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds
Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds
04.16.14 – New data from NASA's AIM spacecraft have revealed “teleconnections” in Earth's atmosphere that stretch all the way from the North Pole to the South Pole and back again, linking weather and climate more closely than simple geography would suggest.
The Search for Seeds of Black Holes
The Search for Seeds of Black Holes
03.26.14 – How does one grow supermassive black holes? A new study using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up what might be the cosmic seeds from which a black hole will sprout.
NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X'
NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No ‘Planet X’
03.07.14 – NASA's WISE has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.”
NASA's IRIS Spots Its Largest Solar Flare
NASA's IRIS Spots Its Largest Solar Flare
02.21.14 – On Jan. 28, 2014, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, witnessed its strongest solar flare since it launched in the summer of 2013.
RXTE Reveals the Cloudy Cores of Active Galaxies
RXTE Reveals the Cloudy Cores of Active Galaxies
02.19.14 – A new study of RXTE's 16-year archive triples the number of known instances where clouds of gas have dimmed our view of active galaxies' X-rays.
NASA's NuSTAR Untangles Mystery of How Stars Explode
NASA's NuSTAR Untangles Mystery of How Stars Explode
02.19.14 – One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
NASA Hosts Media Teleconference About Supernovas
NASA Hosts Media Teleconference About Supernovas
02.13.14 – NASA will host a news teleconference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 19, to announce new observations from its high-energy X-ray mission, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).
IBEX Sees Magnetic System Beyond the Solar Wind
IBEX Sees Magnetic System Beyond the Solar Wind
02.13.14 – NASA's IBEX shows an interstellar magnetic field that is nearly perpendicular to the motion of our solar system through the galaxy.
NASA-Sponsored 'Disk Detective' Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries
NASA-Sponsored ‘Disk Detective’ Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries
01.30.14 – NASA invites the public to help find young planetary systems in data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.
Where the Wild Stars Are
Where the Wild Stars Are
01.29.14 – A new view of the Trifid nebula from NASA's WISE mission shows a cloud being ripped to shreds by stellar radiation and winds.
Spacecraft Take Aim at Nearby Supernova
Spacecraft Take Aim at Nearby Supernova
01.24.14 – An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe.
NEOWISE Celebrates First Month of Operations After Reactivation
NEOWISE Celebrates First Month of Operations After Reactivation
01.23.14 – In its first 25 days of operations, the newly reactivated NEOWISE mission has detected 857 minor bodies in our solar system, including 22 near-Earth objects (NEOs) and four comets.
Dead Star and Distant Black Holes Dazzle in X-Rays
Dead Star and Distant Black Holes Dazzle in X-Rays
01.09.14 – New images from NASA's NuSTAR highlight a spinning, dead star and black holes blanketed in dust.