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Neutron Star Suffers a “Glitch”, Gives Astronomers a Glimpse Into How They Work

August 15, 2019

What, exactly, is the inside of a neutron star like? A neutron star is what remains after a…
Star Light, Star Bright

August 5, 2019

Scientists can tell a lot about a star by the light it gives off. The color, for example,…
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…
Pulsar Seen Speeding Away From the Supernova That Created it

March 25, 2019

When a star exhausts its nuclear fuel towards the end of its lifespan, it undergoes gravitational collapse and…
Astronomers are Using NASA’s Deep Space Network to Hunt for Magnetars

March 4, 2019

Right, magnetars. Perhaps one of the most ferocious beasts to inhabit the cosmos. Loud, unruly, and temperamental, they…
Kes 75: Milky Way’s Youngest Pulsar Exposes Secrets of Star’s Demise

October 19, 2018

Scientists have confirmed the identity of the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy using data from…
Pulsar Kes 75
Milky Way’s Youngest Pulsar Exposes Secrets of Star’s Demise

October 18, 2018

Scientists have confirmed the identity of the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy using data from…
The surprising environment of an enigmatic neutron star

September 18, 2018

An unusual infrared emission detected by the Hubble Space Telescope from a nearby neutron star could indicate that…
Hubble Uncovers Never-Before-Seen Features Around a Neutron Star

September 18, 2018

An unusual infrared light emission from a nearby neutron star detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope could indicate new…
Astronomers Observe a Pulsar 6500 Light-Years From Earth and See Two Separate Flares Coming off its Surface

May 30, 2018

Astronomy can be a tricky business, owing to the sheer distances involved. Luckily, astronomers have developed a number…
Bursting pulsar found to ‘hiccup’ during crucial stage of its lifecycle

May 9, 2018

Researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered that the unique ‘Bursting Pulsar’ – a neutron star which…
Habitable planets could exist around pulsars

December 19, 2017

It is theoretically possible that habitable planets exist around pulsars – spinning neutron stars that emit short, quick…
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 –…
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…
Andromeda’s Bright X-Ray Mystery Solved by NuSTAR

March 24, 2017

The Milky Way’s close neighbor, Andromeda, features a dominant source of high-energy X-ray emission, but its identity was…
NuSTAR Helps Find Universe’s Brightest Pulsars

March 1, 2017

There’s a new record holder for brightest pulsar ever found — and astronomers are still trying to figure…
The brightest, furthest pulsar in the Universe

February 22, 2017

ESA’s XMM-Newton has found a pulsar – the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a…
Chandra Images Show That Geometry Solves a Pulsar Puzzle

January 19, 2017

NASA’S Chandra X-ray Observatory has taken deep exposures of two nearby energetic pulsars flying through the Milky Way…
Search for ET underway with CSIROs Parkes radio telescope

November 9, 2016

Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur…
A Dead Star’s Ghostly Glow

October 28, 2016

The eerie glow of a dead star, which exploded long ago as a supernova, reveals itself in this…
Discovering the Treasures in Chandra’s Archives

October 15, 2016

Each year, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory helps celebrate American Archive Month by releasing a collection of images using…
Young Magnetar Likely the Slowest Pulsar Ever Detected

September 10, 2016

Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other X-ray observatories, astronomers have found evidence for what is likely one…
Supernova Ejected from the Pages of History

August 18, 2016

A new look at the debris from an exploded star in our galaxy has astronomers re-examining when the…
NuSTAR Principal Investigator Honored for Research

August 10, 2016

Fiona Harrison, principal investigator of NASA’s NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission, has been selected to receive the…
Astronomers Find the First ‘Wind Nebula’ Around a Magnetar

June 22, 2016

Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron…
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…
Gravitational Wave Search Provides Insights into Galaxy Evolution and Mergers

April 6, 2016

The recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves from merging black holes with tens of solar masses has confirmed…
Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects

March 4, 2016

At the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, astronomers are busy tinkering with a high-tech instrument that could discover…
Pulsar Web Could Detect Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

February 25, 2016

The recent detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) came from two black holes,…
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