NASA’s NuSTAR uses ‘nuisance’ light

After 10 years fighting back photons in its peripheral vision, a NASA space telescope now has a way to use “nuisance light” to potentially increase its science productivity. NASA’s NuSTAR¬†(Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) X-ray space observatory successfully gathered information about a super-dense star, known as a neutron star, that was in its peripheral vision. Engineers … Read more

Enigmatic High-Energy X-Rays Have Been Spied Coming From Jupiter

Jupiter has finally been observed spitting out X-rays in high-energy wavelengths. Emanating from the giant planet’s permanent auroras, and detected by NASA’s space-based X-ray telescope NuSTAR, the emissions are the most energetic light seen coming from any planet in the Solar System (aside from Earth). ¬† The detection could shed light on the most powerful … Read more