Image via Discover.com The famous Cassiopeia A supernova remnant will be on display like never before, thanks to NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and a 3D tour from the Smithsonian Institution.
The jet from a Gamma-ray burst emerging at nearly lightspeed. Credit: Credit: NASA/Swift/Cruz deWilde
Composite image of Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCLA/Z. Li et al; Radio: NRAO/VLA
In the most common type of gamma-ray burst, illustrated here, a dying massive star forms a black hole (left), which drives a particle jet into space. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Theoretical models link the presence of strong and stable polarized light in a gamma-ray burst’s jet with a large-scale magnetic field (a blue spiral, in this illustration) originating from the newly-formed black hole. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger
Measurements of polarized light in the afterglow of GRB 120308A by the Liverpool Telescope and its RINGO2 instrument indicate the presence of a large-scale stable magnetic field linked with a young black hole, as shown in this illustration. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger
Composite image of X-ray binary Circinus X-1, the youngest of this class of astronomical objects found to date. Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCLA/Z. Li et al; Radio: NRAO/VLA