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07.30.15 – NASA Selects Proposals to Study Neutron Stars, Black Holes and More
NASA has selected five proposals submitted to its Explorers Program to conduct focused scientific investigations and develop instruments that fill the scientific gaps between the agency's larger missions.

07.09.15 – NASA's Swift Reveals a Black Hole Bull's-eye
What looks like a shooting target is actually an image of nested rings of X-ray light centered on an erupting black hole.

07.08.15 – Searing Sun Seen in X-rays
X-rays light up the surface of our sun in a bouquet of colors in this new image containing data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR.

07.08.15 – NASA Data Shows Surfer-shaped Waves in Near-Earth Space
The universe overflows with repeating patterns. From the smallest cells to the largest galaxies, scientists are often rewarded by observing similar patterns in vastly different places.

07.06.15 – NuSTAR Stares Deep into Hidden Lairs of Black Holes
Some of the “biggest and baddest” black holes around are buried under thick blankets of gas and dust. These monsters in the middle of galaxies are actively devouring material, but their hidden nature makes observing them a challenge.

06.30.15 – NASA Missions Monitor a Waking Black Hole
NASA's Swift satellite detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from the constellation Cygnus on June 15, just before 2:32 p.m. EDT.

06.25.15 – Can Planets Be Rejuvenated Around Dead Stars?
For a planet, this would be like a day at the spa. After years of growing old, a massive planet could, in theory, brighten up with a radiant, youthful glow.

06.17.15 – Moon Engulfed in Permanent, Lopsided, Dust Cloud
New science results from NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, mission indicate that the moon is engulfed in a permanent, but lopsided, dust cloud that increases in density when annual events like the Geminids meteor shower spew shooting stars, according to a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder.

06.12.15 – NASA, University Researchers Discuss Search for Life in Solar System, Beyond
NASA and university scientists will discuss at 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday June 16, astrobiology research activities and technology that are advancing the search for evidence of habitability in our solar system and beyond. The briefing will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

06.03.15 – Charting the Milky Way From the Inside Out
Imagine trying to create a map of your house while confined to only the living room. You might peek through the doors into other rooms or look for light spilling in through the windows.

05.21.15 – NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in Universe
A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

05.20.15 – NASA Spacecraft Capture Rare, Early Moments of Baby Supernovae
Astronomers are going gaga over newborn supernova measurements taken by NASA's Kepler and Swift spacecraft, poring over them in hopes of better understanding what sparks these world-shattering stellar explosions.

05.07.15 – Star Explosion Is Lopsided, Finds NASA's NuSTAR
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has found evidence that a massive star exploded in a lopsided fashion, sending ejected material flying in one direction and the core of the star in the other.

05.06.15 – IRIS Celebrates 10,000th Orbit
In this photo, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft captured several large solar prominences on the edge of the sun last week.

04.29.15 – Extra X-rays at the Hub of Our Milky Way Galaxy
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has captured a new high-energy X-ray view (magenta) of the bustling center of our Milky Way galaxy.

04.29.15 – NASA's NuSTAR Captures Possible ‘Screams’ from Zombie Stars
Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the “howls” of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions.

04.28.15 – Strong Evidence For Coronal Heating Theory Presented at 2015 TESS Meeting
The sun's surface is blisteringly hot at 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit — but its atmosphere is another 300 times hotter.

04.21.15 – NASA's NExSS Coalition to Lead Search for Life on Distant Worlds
NASA is bringing together experts spanning a variety of scientific fields for an unprecedented initiative dedicated to the search for life on planets outside our solar system.

04.16.15 – White Dwarf May Have Shredded Passing Planet
The destruction of a planet may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a team of astronomers has found evidence that this may have happened in an ancient cluster of stars at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy.

04.10.15 – Accelerating Universe: Not As Fast?
A UA-led team of astronomers found that the type of supernovae commonly used to measure distances in the universe fall into distinct populations not recognized before.

04.07.15 – The Solar System and Beyond is Awash in Water
As NASA missions explore our solar system and search for new worlds, they are finding water in surprising places.

04.02.15 – Suzaku Studies Supernova ‘Crime Scene,’ Shows a Single white Dwarf to Blame
Using archival data from the Japan-led Suzaku X-ray satellite, astronomers have determined the pre-explosion mass of a white dwarf star that blew up thousands of years ago.

03.26.15 – Astronomers Upgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs
The brilliant explosions of dead stars have been used for years to illuminate the far-flung reaches of our cosmos.

03.25.15 – Black Hole's ‘Wind’ Linked to Galactic Gush of Star-forming Gas
Scientists have connected a fierce “wind” produced near a galaxy's monster black hole to an outward torrent of cold gas a thousand light-years across.

03.03.15 – Two Solar Wind Jets Found in the Heliosphere
New NASA-funded research found that the giant bubble around our solar system, the heliosphere, is much shorter and smaller than previously thought.

02.19.15 – NASA, ESA Telescopes Give Shape to Furious Black Hole Winds
NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA's (European Space Agency) XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions — a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now.

01.23.15 – INTEGRAL Manoeuvres for the Future
Since 2002, ESA's Integral spacecraft has been observing some of the most violent events in the Universe, including gamma-ray bursts and black holes. While it still has years of life ahead, its fuel will certainly run out one day.

01.16.15 – NuSTAR Principal Investigator Receives Astrophysics Prize
The 2015 Rossi Prize has been awarded to Fiona Harrison, the principal investigator of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR.

01.15.15 – NEOWISE: A Yearlong Look at the Sky
A NASA spacecraft using infrared imaging discovered 40 near-Earth objects in one year and observed many others, including a comet that has become the brightest comet in Earth's night sky in early 2015.

01.08.15 – Will the Real Monster Black Hole Please Stand Up?
New data from NASA's NuSTAR mission determine which of two supermassive black holes is pouring out X-rays in a colliding pair of galaxies.

01.06.15 – ‘Disk Detectives’ Find Over 1M Possible Planetary Habitats
Volunteers have combed through NASA data to identify more than 1 million potential targets for future planet-hunting missions.