The SOFIA Mission Is Ending, but Its Legacy Will Be Long Felt

The SOFIA Mission Is Ending, but Its Legacy Will Be Long Felt

A view of SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy).Photo: NASA/Jim Ross This past April, NASA and its partners at the German space agency announced the end to the SOFIA mission. The modified Boeing 747SP jumbo jet is being retired after eight years of service, but its scientific contributions cannot be overstated. In honor of this … Read more

NASA Visualization Shows Black Holes Dancing with Stars

NASA Visualization Shows Black Holes Dancing with Stars

NASA highlighted 22 of these binary systems in the Milky Way and Large Magellanic Cloud.gif: NASA A new video from NASA shows what it looks like when a star is caught in the powerful gravity of a black hole. In these binary systems, the doomed stars spin around the black holes, which steadily suck up … Read more

Hear the Sound of a Black Hole ‘Echo’

Hear the Sound of a Black Hole ‘Echo’

Using a new tool they nicknamed tea “Reverb Machine,” researchers have detected eight echoing black hole binaries in the Milky Way. They then converted those X-ray echoes into sound waves, which you can listen to in the video below. Tea Reverb Machine combed satellite data from NICE, a telescope aboard the International Space Station that … Read more