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The Best Fireworks in the Galaxy Are Coming to Earth

Mark your calendars for fireworks, Earthlings. And no, I’m not talking about the little peonies you’re shooting off the back deck tonight. Astronomers have wised up to a much more epic light show that’s going down 5,000 light years away. And in 2018, it’s coming to a telescope near you. » 7/04/15 3:30pm 7/04/15 3:30pm

X-Rays From the Universe Are Simply Stunning

The Chandra X-ray observatory has been observing the universe in X-ray wavelengths for fifteen years. The space telescope's scientific highlights gallery has so much gorgeous X-ray goodness that it's hard to pick favourites. Need to be swept away by the sheer beauty of space? We've got you covered. » 7/28/14 8:41pm 7/28/14 8:41pm

Gamma Rays of the Dead Shine Like a Nightmare into the Eyes of the…

When you look into the heart of the Crab Nebula, you are staring at the gamma-radiation-soaked nightmare of history. You may have already known that this gorgeous nebula is the result of a supernova that Chinese and Arab astronomers recorded back in 1054. But what you didn't know is that the dead star became a pulsar… » 8/28/08 4:30pm 8/28/08 4:30pm