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NASA is building up a map of the entire sky seen in X-rays, line by line with its NICER experiment

June 4, 2019

In June of 2017, NASA’s Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) was installed aboard the International Space Station…
NICER’s Night Moves Trace the X-ray Sky

May 31, 2019

In this image, numerous sweeping arcs seem to congregate at various bright regions. You may wonder: What is being…
NASA’s NICER Mission Maps ‘Light Echoes’ of New Black Hole

January 31, 2019

Scientists have charted the environment surrounding a stellar-mass black hole that is 10 times the mass of the…
NASA Team First to Demonstrate X-ray Navigation in Space

January 12, 2018

In a technology first, a team of NASA engineers has demonstrated fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space —…
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch

September 8, 2017

The discovery of the largest timing irregularity yet observed in a pulsar is the first confirmation that pulsars…
NASA Continues to Study Pulsars, 50 Years After Their Chance Discovery

August 2, 2017

A little bit of “scruff” in scientific data 50 years ago led to the discovery of pulsars –…
NASA Neutron Star Mission Begins Science Operations

July 19, 2017

NASA’s new Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission to study the densest observable objects in the universe…
NASA to Launch First-Ever Neutron-Star Mission

June 2, 2017

Multi-Purpose NICER Also to Demonstrate Pulsar-Based Navigation Nearly 50 years after British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell discovered the existence…
New NASA Mission to Study Mysterious Neutron Stars, Aid in Deep Space Navigation

May 27, 2017

A new NASA mission is headed for the International Space Station next month to observe one of the…
NASA’s NICER Mission Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

June 9, 2016

An upcoming NASA astrophysics mission will uncover the physics governing the ultra-dense interiors of neutron stars. Using the…
Potentially Revolutionary Mission Heading for 2016 Launch

May 13, 2015

A NASA mission that embodies the virtues of faster, less expensive access to space has sailed past all…
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