NASA’s Tiny BurstCube Mission Launches to Study Cosmic Blasts

NASA’s Tiny BurstCube Mission Launches to Study Cosmic Blasts

When a gamma ray enters one of BurstCube’s four detectors, it encounters a cesium iodide layer called a scintillator, which converts it into visible light. The light then enters another layer, an array of 116 silicon photomultipliers, that converts it into a pulse of electrons, which is what BurstCube measures. For each gamma ray, the … Read more

Webb Finds Evidence for Neutron Star at Heart of Young Supernova Remnant – NASA Science

Webb Finds Evidence for Neutron Star at Heart of Young Supernova Remnant – NASA Science

The James Webb Space Telescope has observed the best evidence yet for emission from a neutron star. Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, C. Fransson (Stockholm University), M. Matsuura (Cardiff University), M. J. Barlow (University College London), P. J. Kavanagh (Maynooth University), J. Larsson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) Source link

NASA Telescopes Find New Clues About Mysterious Deep Space Signals – NASA

NASA Telescopes Find New Clues About Mysterious Deep Space Signals – NASA

Using two of the agency’s X-ray telescopes, researchers were able to zoom in on a dead star’s erratic behavior as it released a bright, brief burst of radio waves. What’s causing mysterious bursts of radio waves from deep space? Astronomers may be a step closer to providing one answer to that question. Two NASA X-ray … Read more

Gamma-ray Bursts: Harvesting Knowledge From the Universe’s Most Powerful Explosions – NASA Science

Gamma-ray Bursts: Harvesting Knowledge From the Universe’s Most Powerful Explosions – NASA Science

Afterglows emit radio, infrared, optical, UV, X-ray, as well as gamma-ray light, which provides more data about the original burst. Afterglows also linger for hours to days (or even years) longer than their initial explosion, creating more opportunities for discovery. Source link

What’s Made in a Thunderstorm and Faster Than Lightning? Gamma Rays! – NASA Science

What’s Made in a Thunderstorm and Faster Than Lightning? Gamma Rays! – NASA Science

There are an estimated 1,800 thunderstorms occurring on Earth at any given moment. Over its first 10 years in space, Fermi spotted about 5,000 terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. But scientists estimate that there are 1,000 of these flashes every day – we’re just seeing the ones that are within 500 miles of Fermi’s regular orbits, which don’t cover the U.S. … Read more

When Dead Stars Collide! – NASA Science

When Dead Stars Collide! – NASA Science

After that initial burst of gamma rays, the debris from the explosion continued to glow, fading as it expanded outward. Our Swift, Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer telescopes, along with a number of ground-based observatories, were poised to look at this afterglow from the explosion in ultraviolet, optical, X-ray, and infrared light. Such coordination between satellites … Read more

Hubble Finds Weird Home of Farthest Fast Radio Burst – NASA Science

Hubble Finds Weird Home of Farthest Fast Radio Burst – NASA Science

5 min read Hubble Finds Weird Home of Farthest Fast Radio Burst A NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the host galaxy of an exceptionally powerful fast radio burst, FRB 20220610A. Hubble’s sensitivity and sharpness reveals a compact group of multiple galaxies that may be in the process of merging. They existed when the universe … Read more

NASA’s BurstCube Passes Milestones on Journey to Launch – NASA Science

NASA’s BurstCube Passes Milestones on Journey to Launch – NASA Science

To ensure it can withstand the rattling it will experience at launch, the mission team transported BurstCube to Washington Laboratories in Frederick, Maryland, for vibration testing. Engineers strapped the satellite to a plate, which then vibrated at frequencies ranging from 20 to 20,000 hertz. Translated into sound, that spans bass to the upper limit of … Read more

Chandra Catches Spider Pulsars Destroying Nearby Stars – NASA

Chandra Catches Spider Pulsars Destroying Nearby Stars – NASA

A group of dead stars known as “spider pulsars” are obliterating companion stars within their reach. Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory of the globular cluster Omega Centauri is helping astronomers understand how these spider pulsars prey on their stellar companions. A pulsar is the spinning dense core that remains after a massive star collapses into itself to form a neutron star. Rapidly rotating … Read more

NASA’s Fermi Mission Nets 300 Gamma-Ray Pulsars … and Counting – NASA Science

NASA’s Fermi Mission Nets 300 Gamma-Ray Pulsars … and Counting – NASA Science

This visualization shows 294 gamma-ray pulsars, first plotted on an image of the entire starry sky as seen from Earth and then transitioning to a view from above our galaxy. The symbols show different types of pulsars. Young pulsars blink in real time except for the Crab, which pulses slower than in real time because … Read more