New X-Ray Space Telescope Shares Its First, Historic Glimpse of The Cosmos

A new telescope designed to peer into the twisted X-ray Universe has just sent back its first-ever imaging data. The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE), a joint project between NASA and the Italian Space Agency, fixed its gaze on one of the most famous explosions in the Milky Way: Cassiopeia A.   Located 11,000 light-years … Read more

Scientists Have Detected a Faint Hint of The Background Hum of The Universe

Ever since scientists made the first detection of gravitational waves from a pair of colliding black holes in 2015, evidence has been growing that the Universe ought to be full of them.   Every massive event – every black hole or neutron star merger, every supernova – should have sent gravitational waves ringing out across … Read more