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The images and video on this page include periastron observations from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, the X-Ray Telescope aboard NASA's Swift, the Hubble Space Telescope's STIS instrument, and computer simulations.
Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite.
Evidence for the clouds comes from records collected over 16 years by NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, a satellite in low-Earth orbit equipped with instruments that measured variations in X-ray sources.
This new theory by scientists from the Lab, the University of California at Berkeley and the Space Science lab is supported by observations from NASA's sophisticated new satellite, the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer.
MARYLAND (CyHAN)- This animation shows an artist's rendition of the cloudy structure revealed by a study of data from NASA's Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer satellite.
NASA's Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer and Chandra X-ray Observatory, ESA's XMM-Newton and Japan's Suzaku satellite, as well as the ground-based Gran Telescopio Canarias and the Green Bank Telescope, were alerted and the star's activity was monitored until April 2012, during which time the outburst began to decay.
9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After 16 years in space, NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) has made its last observation.
Armed with the new, precise distance measurement, scientists using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer, the Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics, and visible-light observations made over more than two decades, calculated that the black hole in Cygnus X-1 is nearly 15 times more massive than our Sun and is spinning more than 800 times per second.