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  1. Black Holes: Tall, Grande, Venti


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    Long before astronomers found evidence that black holes existed, these exotic objects have captured imaginations. In the 21st century, scientists not only have proof that black holes are real, they…

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    • Snowball Fight in the Solar System


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      One of the most surprising objects observed in X-rays are comets. X-rays are normally associated with the hottest things in the Universe, such as black holes. Comets, however, were described by Fred…

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      • Star (X-ray) Light, Star (X-ray) Bright


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        Remember the line from the children's saying that goes: "Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight"? Looking at the light from stars is exactly how astronomers can learn about them.

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        • The Giant Planets: X-ray Secrets Revealed


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          Jupiter and Saturn are the two largest planets in our Solar System, best known for very different reasons. Most people think of Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot, while Saturn is, of course, most…

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          • The Exotic World of Neutron Stars


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            Neutron stars are created when a massive star runs out of fuel and collapses. As the star collapses, the density becomes so immense that protons and electrons are squeezed tightly together to form…

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            • The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall


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              When you look at the night sky, stars look like permanent fixtures of light. However, stars are born, live for a period of time, and then ultimately die. How they die is directly linked to how massive…

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              • How It All Started


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                Just after midnight on July 23, 1999, the Space Shuttle Columbia launched in orbit with the heaviest payload ever carried by a shuttle. Its precious cargo was the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which…

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                • From First Light to Eighth Anniversary


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                  Chandra's launch aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999, was obviously a very important event. However, you might say it wasn't until about a month later that the Chandra mission…

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                  • In A Galaxy Far, Far Away and Also Those Nearby


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                    "In a galaxy far, far away..." These are some of the most famous words in movie history. But what do we already know about galaxies, and what do astronomers, like those using the Chandra…

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                    • When Will History Repeat Itself?


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                      Astronomers think that a supernova should go off in our own Milky Way galaxy every 50 years or so. When was the last one we've seen? Probably 1604. Yes, that's over 400 years ago. This being…

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                      • The Truth and Lies about Black Holes


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                        Black holes have a bad reputation. After all, something that could swallow you completely sounds pretty scary. They're invisible, so maybe there's one just around the corner and we dont…

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                        • Putting Chandra In Its Place


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                          How the Chandra X-ray Observatory fits into the modern astronomer's toolkit. Chandra is one of NASA's "Great Observatories." The Great Observatories were four missions selected…

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                          NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory

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                          Multimedia from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, featuring animations of supernovas, galaxies, pulsars and more.

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