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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
News Release • June 8, 2023
When scientists detected the gamma-ray burst known as GRB 221009A on Oct. 9, 2022, they dubbed it the brightest of all time, or BOAT. Most gamma-ray bursts occur when the core of a star more massive than our Sun collapses, becoming a black hole. These events regularly release as much energy in a few minutes as our Sun will release in its entire lifetime.
News Release • May 25, 2023
Researchers have observed the X-ray emission of the most luminous quasar seen in the last 9 billion years of cosmic history. The new perspective sheds light on the inner workings of quasars and how they interact with their environment.
News Release • April 6, 2023
In a recent study published in The Astrophysical Journal, researchers report a first-of-its-kind measurement of a ULX taken with NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). The finding confirms that these light emitters are indeed as bright as they seem and that they break the Eddington limit.
Blog • August 3, 2022
NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), led by Caltech and managed by JPL, turned 10 years old in June. This space telescope detects high-energy X-ray light and studies some of the most energetic objects and processes in the universe.
News Release • May 27, 2022
The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is the first space telescope capable of taking focused high-energy X-ray observations of the cosmos, providing unprecedented information on the dynamics of black holes, exploding stars, and the most extreme active galaxies. Watch a recording of the presentation on YouTube to learn how NuSTAR has expanded our knowledge of the universe after almost a decade of operation.
Announcement • April 22, 2022
The selection of proposals for NuSTAR General Observer (GO) cycle-8 has been announced. 81 proposals were selected from the 165 proposals submitted to cycle-8 and include joint coordinated observations with the XMM-Newton, Gehrels-Swift, and NICER observatories.
News Release • November 10, 2021
Astronomers have discovered a new way to determine the current expansion rate of the Universe, known as the Hubble constant, using X-ray observations of supermassive black holes at the centre of distant galaxies that are gobbling up huge amounts of gas, known as active galactic nuclei. This could settle an on-going dispute between the two existing methods, which disagree on the age of the Universe by more than a billion years.
News Release • September 14, 2021
With the goal of understanding why the Sun’s corona is so much hotter than its surface, NuSTAR obtained high-energy X-ray observations of the solar corona in coordination with the July 30th suborbital sounding rocket flight of the Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrometer (MaGIXS) low-energy X-ray instrument.
Announcement • April 26, 2021
The NuSTAR General Observer (GO) cycle-7 proposal selection has been released. The full list of proposals, targets, and exposure times is available from the NuSTAR GO website at HEASARC. Cycle-7 observations are planned to commence on June 1st, 2021.
News Release • March 26, 2021
Astronomers are investigating the mystery of the “soft excess” of low-energy X-ray emission often seen from accreting supermassive black holes. This enigmatic component can carry a large fraction of the X-ray flux, but is poorly understood. Multiple theories have been suggested. Simultaneous observations with NuSTAR (at high energy X-rays) and XMM-Newton (at low-energy X-rays) provide a powerful combination to investigate its origin.
News Release • March 12, 2021
A serendipitous X-ray flare detected by NASA’s Swift observatory is likely associated with a supermassive black hole at the core of a distant galaxy shredding a star that wandered too close.