Chandra Mission

Chandra Images Images from the Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope

  • Setting the Clock on a Stellar Explosion
    on September 12, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    A new image of SNR 0519-69.0 shows the debris of a star that exploded several hundred years ago in Earth’s timeframe.

  • NASA Telescopes Capture Stellar Delivery Service for Black Hole
    on August 18, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Astronomers may have witnessed a galaxy’s black hole delivery system in action. A new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope outlines how a large black hole may have been delivered to the spiral galaxy NGC 4424 by another, smaller galaxy.

  • Zeta Ophiuchi: A Star With a Complicated Past
    on July 29, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Zeta Ophiuchi is a star with a complicated past, having likely been ejected from its birthplace by a powerful stellar explosion. A new look by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory helps tell more of the story of this runaway star.

  • Embracing a Rejected Star
    on July 25, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Zeta Ophiuchi is a star with a complicated past, having likely been ejected from its birthplace by a powerful stellar explosion. A new look by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory helps tell more of the story of this runaway star.

  • Chandra Shows Giant Black Hole Spins Slower Than Its Peers
    on June 30, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Astronomers have gauged how fast a supermassive black hole is spinning inside a quasar 3.4 billion light years away.

  • NASA’s Chandra Catches Pulsar in X-ray Speed Trap
    on June 15, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    A young pulsar is blazing through the Milky Way at a speed of over a million miles per hour. This stellar speedster, witnessed by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, is one of the fastest objects of its kind ever seen. This result teaches astronomers more about how some of the bigger stars end their lives.

  • Sagittarius A*: NASA Telescopes Support Event Horizon Telescope in Studying Milky Way’s Black Hole
    on May 12, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Multiple telescopes, including Chandra, observed the Milky Way’s giant black hole simultaneously with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). This combined effort gave insight into what is happening farther out than the field-of-view of the EHT.

  • Black Holes Raze Thousands of Stars to Fuel Growth
    on April 20, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Astronomers have found evidence for the destruction of thousands of stars in multiple galaxies, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Growing black holes within dense stellar clusters are thought to be responsible for this large-scale devastation.

  • Feasting Black Holes Caught in Galactic Spiderweb
    on March 31, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Often, a spiderweb conjures the idea of captured prey soon to be consumed by a waiting predator. In the case of the “Spiderweb” protocluster, however, objects that lie within a giant cosmic web are feasting and growing, according to data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

  • Tiny Star Unleashes Gargantuan Beam of Matter and Antimatter
    on March 14, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    A city-sized collapsed star has generated a beam of matter and antimatter that stretches for trillions of miles.