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This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk -- a flat structure of material orbiting the black hole -- and a jet of hot gas, called plasma.
This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk -- a flat structure of material orbiting the black hole -- and a jet of hot gas, called plasma.

Black Hole With Jet (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk -- a flat structure of material orbiting the black hole -- and a jet of hot gas, called plasma.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA22085
Added: 2017-11-02

Views: 860

Black Hole With Jet (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows a black hole with an accretion disk -- a flat structure of material orbiting the black hole -- and a jet of hot gas, called plasma.

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NASA's NuSTAR has identified a candidate pulsar in Andromeda, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. This likely pulsar is brighter at high energies than the Andromeda galaxy's entire black hole population.
NASA's NuSTAR has identified a candidate pulsar in Andromeda, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. This likely pulsar is brighter at high energies than the Andromeda galaxy's entire black hole population.

Pulsar Candidate in Andromeda

NASA's NuSTAR has identified a candidate pulsar in Andromeda, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. This likely pulsar is brighter at high energies than the Andromeda galaxy's entire black hole population.

Mission: Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), NuSTAR
Instrument: GALEX Telescope, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
ID#: PIA20970
Added: 2017-03-23

Views: 2694

Pulsar Candidate in Andromeda

NASA's NuSTAR has identified a candidate pulsar in Andromeda, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. This likely pulsar is brighter at high energies than the Andromeda galaxy's entire black hole population.

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These four images show an artist's impression of gas accreting onto the neutron star in the binary system MXB 1730-335, also known as the 'Rapid Burster.'
These four images show an artist's impression of gas accreting onto the neutron star in the binary system MXB 1730-335, also known as the 'Rapid Burster.'

The Rapid Burster

These four images show an artist's impression of gas accreting onto the neutron star in the binary system MXB 1730-335, also known as the 'Rapid Burster.'

Mission: NuSTAR, SWIFT, XMM-Newton
ID#: PIA21418
Added: 2017-01-31

Views: 1694

The Rapid Burster

These four images show an artist's impression of gas accreting onto the neutron star in the binary system MXB 1730-335, also known as the 'Rapid Burster.'

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IC 3639, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus, is seen in this image combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory.
IC 3639, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus, is seen in this image combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory.

Galaxy IC 3639 with Obscured Active Galactic Nucleus

IC 3639, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus, is seen in this image combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory.

Target: IC 3639
Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Hubble Space Telescope, European Space Observatory (ESO)
ID#: PIA21087
Added: 2017-01-07

Views: 2933

Galaxy IC 3639 with Obscured Active Galactic Nucleus

IC 3639, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus, is seen in this image combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory.

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NGC 1448, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus hidden by gas and dust, is seen in this image combining data from the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey in the optical range and NASA's NuSTAR in the X-ray range.
NGC 1448, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus hidden by gas and dust, is seen in this image combining data from the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey in the optical range and NASA's NuSTAR in the X-ray range.

Galaxy NGC 1448 with Active Galactic Nucleus

NGC 1448, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus hidden by gas and dust, is seen in this image combining data from the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey in the optical range and NASA's NuSTAR in the X-ray range.

Target: NGC 1448
Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
ID#: PIA21086
Added: 2017-01-07

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Galaxy NGC 1448 with Active Galactic Nucleus

NGC 1448, a galaxy with an active galactic nucleus hidden by gas and dust, is seen in this image combining data from the Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey in the optical range and NASA's NuSTAR in the X-ray range.

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The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays, as detected by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Array, or NuSTAR.
The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays, as detected by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Array, or NuSTAR.

A Black Hole 'Choir'

The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays, as detected by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Array, or NuSTAR.

Mission: Chandra X-ray Observatory, NuSTAR
ID#: PIA20865
Added: 2016-07-28

Views: 2677

A Black Hole 'Choir'

The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays, as detected by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Array, or NuSTAR.

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This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.
This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.

Black Hole with 'Wobbling' Disk (Artist Concept)

This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA20697
Added: 2016-07-12

Views: 2292

Black Hole with 'Wobbling' Disk (Artist Concept)

This artist's impression depicts the accretion disc surrounding a black hole, in which the inner region of the disc precesses. 'Precession' means that the orbit of material surrounding the black hole changes orientation around the central object.

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These images from NASA's GALEX and NuSTAR is of Andromeda, a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way but larger in size. It lies 2.5 million light-years away in the Andromeda constellation.
These images from NASA's GALEX and NuSTAR is of Andromeda, a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way but larger in size. It lies 2.5 million light-years away in the Andromeda constellation.

Andromeda in High-Energy X-rays

These images from NASA's GALEX and NuSTAR is of Andromeda, a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way but larger in size. It lies 2.5 million light-years away in the Andromeda constellation.

Mission: Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), NuSTAR
Instrument: GALEX Telescope, Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
ID#: PIA20061
Added: 2016-01-05

Views: 4041

Andromeda in High-Energy X-rays

These images from NASA's GALEX and NuSTAR is of Andromeda, a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way but larger in size. It lies 2.5 million light-years away in the Andromeda constellation.

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Galaxy NGC 1068 can be seen in close-up in this view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NuSTAR data revealed that the torus of gas and dust surrounding the black hole, also referred to as a doughnut, is more clumpy than previously thought.
Galaxy NGC 1068 can be seen in close-up in this view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NuSTAR data revealed that the torus of gas and dust surrounding the black hole, also referred to as a doughnut, is more clumpy than previously thought.

Hidden Lair at the Heart of Galaxy NGC 1068

Galaxy NGC 1068 can be seen in close-up in this view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NuSTAR data revealed that the torus of gas and dust surrounding the black hole, also referred to as a doughnut, is more clumpy than previously thought.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope, NuSTAR
ID#: PIA20058
Added: 2015-12-17

Views: 9931

Hidden Lair at the Heart of Galaxy NGC 1068

Galaxy NGC 1068 can be seen in close-up in this view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NuSTAR data revealed that the torus of gas and dust surrounding the black hole, also referred to as a doughnut, is more clumpy than previously thought.

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Galaxy NGC 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
Galaxy NGC 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

NuSTAR's View of Galaxy NGC 1068

Galaxy NGC 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope, NuSTAR
ID#: PIA20057
Added: 2015-12-17

Views: 4154

NuSTAR's View of Galaxy NGC 1068

Galaxy NGC 1068 is shown in visible light and X-rays in this composite image. High-energy X-rays (magenta) captured by NASA's NuSTAR, are overlaid on visible-light images from both NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

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In 2014, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, and Swift space telescopes witnessed an X-flare from the supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy called Markarian 335. Artist Concept.
In 2014, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, and Swift space telescopes witnessed an X-flare from the supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy called Markarian 335. Artist Concept.

Shifting Coronas Around Black Holes (Artist Concept)

In 2014, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, and Swift space telescopes witnessed an X-flare from the supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy called Markarian 335. Artist Concept.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA20051
Added: 2015-10-27

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Shifting Coronas Around Black Holes (Artist Concept)

In 2014, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, and Swift space telescopes witnessed an X-flare from the supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy called Markarian 335. Artist Concept.

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Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.
Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.

NuSTAR Stares at the Sun

Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.

Target: Sun
Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
ID#: PIA19821
Added: 2015-07-08

Views: 6792

NuSTAR Stares at the Sun

Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.

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A montage of images showing an artist's concept of NuSTAR (top); a color image of one of the galaxies targeted by NuSTAR (lower left); and artist's concept of a hidden black hole.
A montage of images showing an artist's concept of NuSTAR (top); a color image of one of the galaxies targeted by NuSTAR (lower left); and artist's concept of a hidden black hole.

NuSTAR Seeks Hidden Black Holes

A montage of images showing an artist's concept of NuSTAR (top); a color image of one of the galaxies targeted by NuSTAR (lower left); and artist's concept of a hidden black hole.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA19348
Added: 2015-07-06

Views: 2558

NuSTAR Seeks Hidden Black Holes

A montage of images showing an artist's concept of NuSTAR (top); a color image of one of the galaxies targeted by NuSTAR (lower left); and artist's concept of a hidden black hole.

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NASA's NuSTAR has made the most precise measurements yet of a radioactive element, called titanium-44, in the supernova remnant called 1987A.
NASA's NuSTAR has made the most precise measurements yet of a radioactive element, called titanium-44, in the supernova remnant called 1987A.

Tracing Titanium's Escape

NASA's NuSTAR has made the most precise measurements yet of a radioactive element, called titanium-44, in the supernova remnant called 1987A.

Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
ID#: PIA19335
Added: 2015-05-07

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Tracing Titanium's Escape

NASA's NuSTAR has made the most precise measurements yet of a radioactive element, called titanium-44, in the supernova remnant called 1987A.

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This picture from NASA's NuSTAR is one of the most detailed ever taken of the center of our galaxy in high-energy X-rays. The X-ray light, normally invisible to our eyes, has been assigned the color magenta.
This picture from NASA's NuSTAR is one of the most detailed ever taken of the center of our galaxy in high-energy X-rays. The X-ray light, normally invisible to our eyes, has been assigned the color magenta.

Extra X-rays at the Hub of Our Milky Way Galaxy

This picture from NASA's NuSTAR is one of the most detailed ever taken of the center of our galaxy in high-energy X-rays. The X-ray light, normally invisible to our eyes, has been assigned the color magenta.

Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
ID#: PIA19334
Added: 2015-04-29

Views: 4246

Extra X-rays at the Hub of Our Milky Way Galaxy

This picture from NASA's NuSTAR is one of the most detailed ever taken of the center of our galaxy in high-energy X-rays. The X-ray light, normally invisible to our eyes, has been assigned the color magenta.

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Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast radiation and ultra-fast winds outward, as illustrated in this artist's conception based on NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescopes.
Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast radiation and ultra-fast winds outward, as illustrated in this artist's conception based on NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescopes.

How Black Hole Winds Blow (Artist's Concept)

Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast radiation and ultra-fast winds outward, as illustrated in this artist's conception based on NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescopes.

Mission: NuSTAR, XMM-Newton
ID#: PIA18919
Added: 2015-02-19

Views: 5358

How Black Hole Winds Blow (Artist's Concept)

Supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies blast radiation and ultra-fast winds outward, as illustrated in this artist's conception based on NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton telescopes.

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This plot of data from two space telescopes, NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton determines for the first time the shape of ultra-fast winds from supermassive black holes, or quasars.
This plot of data from two space telescopes, NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton determines for the first time the shape of ultra-fast winds from supermassive black holes, or quasars.

The Answer is Blowing in the Black Hole Wind

This plot of data from two space telescopes, NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton determines for the first time the shape of ultra-fast winds from supermassive black holes, or quasars.

Mission: NuSTAR, XMM-Newton
ID#: PIA18918
Added: 2015-02-19

Views: 3203

The Answer is Blowing in the Black Hole Wind

This plot of data from two space telescopes, NASA's NuSTAR and ESA's XMM-Newton determines for the first time the shape of ultra-fast winds from supermassive black holes, or quasars.

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The real monster black hole is revealed in this image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299.
The real monster black hole is revealed in this image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299.

Tale of Two Black Holes

The real monster black hole is revealed in this image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299.

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope, NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18907
Added: 2015-01-08

Views: 12277

Tale of Two Black Holes

The real monster black hole is revealed in this image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299.

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X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.
X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.

Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays

X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.

Target: Sun
Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
ID#: PIA18906
Added: 2014-12-22

Views: 56706

Sun Shines in High-Energy X-rays

X-rays stream off the sun in this first picture of the sun, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken by NuSTAR.

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This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.
This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.

Beacons of X-ray Light (Animation)

This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18845
Added: 2014-10-08

Views: 4638

Beacons of X-ray Light (Animation)

This image shows a neutron star -- the core of a star that exploded in a massive supernova. This particular neutron star is known as a pulsar because it sends out rotating beams of X-rays that sweep past Earth like lighthouse beacons.

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NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.
NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.

Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in M82 Galaxy

NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18844
Added: 2014-10-08

Views: 2930

Ultraluminous X-ray Sources in M82 Galaxy

NuSTAR has added a new twist to the mystery of ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) by showing that one of the ULXs in M82, called M82 X-2, is not a black hole but a pulsar.

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The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.
The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.

NuSTAR Captures the Beat of a Dead Star (Animation)

The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18843
Added: 2014-10-08

Views: 2730

NuSTAR Captures the Beat of a Dead Star (Animation)

The brightest pulsar detected to date is shown in this frame from an animation that flips back and forth between images captured by NASA's NuSTAR. A pulsar is a type of neutron star, the leftover core of a star that exploded in a supernova.

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This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.
This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.

Mass Chart for Dead Stars and Black Holes

This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18842
Added: 2014-10-08

Views: 3265

Mass Chart for Dead Stars and Black Holes

This chart illustrates relative masses of super-dense cosmic objects, ranging from white dwarfs to supermassive black holes encased in the cores of most galaxies. The first three 'dead' stars (left) all form when stars more massive than our sun explode.

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The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.
The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.

NuSTAR Finds a Pulse in Cigar Galaxy

The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.

Mission: NuSTAR
ID#: PIA18841
Added: 2014-10-08

Views: 5394

NuSTAR Finds a Pulse in Cigar Galaxy

The bulk of a galaxy called Messier 82 (M82), or the 'Cigar galaxy,' is seen in visible-light data captured by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona.

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The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.
The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.

Galaxy in Different Lights

The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.

Mission: NuSTAR
Instrument: Chandra X-ray Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
ID#: PIA18840
Added: 2014-10-08

Views: 6841

Galaxy in Different Lights

The comparison from NASA's Hubble telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory highlights how different the universe can look when viewed in other wavelengths of light. M82 is located 12 million light-years away in the Ursa Major constellation.

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