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News Release • September 15, 2020
X-ray observations of a young massive star in a close orbit with the compact remnant of a collapsed star by NASA’s NuSTAR and ESA’S XMM-Newton satellites reveal properties of extreme stellar winds and improve our understanding of how stars evolve.
Announcement • September 4, 2020
NuSTAR is seeking letters of self-nomination for people to rotate onto the NuSTAR Users' Committee (NUC). The NUC provides community advice and feedback to the project and NASA Headquarters, and helps ensure the interests of the guest investigator community are well-served by the project. Due date for self nomination letters is October 2nd, 2020.
News Release • July 29, 2020
NASA’s NuSTAR satellite has observed the faintest growing supermassive black holes in our cosmic backyard, and found that some of them are actually luminous “monsters” hiding behind thick clouds of dust and gas.
News Release • June 17, 2020
Astronomers tend to have a slightly different sense of time than the rest of us. They regularly study events that happened millions or billions of years ago, and objects that have been around for just as long. That's partly why the recently discovered neutron star known as Swift J1818.0-1607 is remarkable: A new study in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters estimates that it is only about 240 years old - a veritable newborn by cosmic standards.
News Release • May 15, 2020
Astronomers are observing the changes in the accretion disk around the neutron star X-ray binary 4U 1608-52. The system was tracked as it fades from outburst to quiescence by three NASA space telescopes, with NuSTAR observations suggesting that the disk puffs up and becomes transparent as the outburst fades.
News Release • April 10, 2019
A black hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time, a historic feat by an international network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). EHT is an international collaboration whose support in the U.S. includes the National Science Foundation.
News Release • February 20, 2019
In the nearby Whirlpool galaxy and its companion galaxy, M51b, two supermassive black holes heat up and devour surrounding material. These two monsters should be the most luminous X-ray sources in sight, but a new study using observations from NASA's NuSTAR mission shows that a much smaller object is competing with the two behemoths.
News Release • January 10, 2019
A brief and unusual flash spotted in the night sky on June 16, 2018, puzzled astronomers and astrophysicists across the globe. The event - called AT2018cow and nicknamed "the Cow" after the coincidental final letters in its official name - is unlike any celestial outburst ever seen before, prompting multiple theories about its source.
Feature Story • July 26, 2018
On Thursday, July 26th, the Hudson River Museum was at Cross County Shopping Center, putting on a series of science projects as part of SummerFest on the Cross County Green. During the “Summer Skies” event, visitors participated in demonstrations and projects and created items to take home. They explored gravity and light, and made of a model of the NuSTAR space telescope.
News Release • July 3, 2018
A new study using data from NASA's NuSTAR space telescope suggests that Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years of Earth, is accelerating particles to high energies - some of which may reach our planet as cosmic rays.
Feature Story • December 7, 2017
Black holes are famous for their muscle: an intense gravitational pull known to gobble up entire stars and launch streams of matter into space at almost the speed of light. It turns out the reality may not live up to the hype. University of Florida scientists have discovered these tears in the fabric of the universe have significantly weaker magnetic fields than previously thought.
Announcement • November 20, 2017
NASA has announced the fourth opportunity for scientists around the world to propose for observations using the NuSTAR X-ray space telescope. This Guest Observer (GO) Program is part of an extended mission plan approved by NASA that offers observing time for basic research investigations selected in a competitive process. Proposals for observations to be made within the four cycle of the NuSTAR GO program are due on Jan 19, 2018. Click through for more information.
News Release • October 30, 2017
Black holes are famous for being ravenous eaters, but they do not eat everything that falls toward them. A small portion of material gets shot back out in powerful jets of hot gas, called plasma, that can wreak havoc on their surroundings. Along the way, this plasma somehow gets energized enough to strongly radiate light, forming two bright columns along the black hole's axis of rotation. Scientists have long debated where and how this happens in the jet.
Feature Story • August 17, 2017
On August 21, for about two minutes across a swath of North America, Earth's moon will pass in front of and completely block out the sun, causing a total solar eclipse. Countless people are expected to witness this rare phenomenon, the first total solar eclipse in North America in 38 years. Just this week, scientists at Caltech and JPL decided that a small space telescope will be watching with them.
News Release • May 9, 2017
Black holes get a bad rap in popular culture for swallowing everything in their environments. In reality, stars, gas and dust can orbit black holes for long periods of time, until a major disruption pushes the material in.