Oct 1, 0:08 PM

[Artist Concept] Black Hole Meal Sets Record for Duration And Size: A giant black hole ripped apart a star and then gorged on its remains for about a decade, according to astronomers. This is more than ten times longer than any observed episode of a star''s death by black hole. The trio of orbiting X-ray telescopes found evidence for a ""tidal disruption event"" (TDE), wherein the tidal forces due to the intense gravity from a black hole can destroy an object - such as a star - that wanders too close. During a TDE, some of the stellar debris is flung outward at high speeds, while the rest falls toward the black hole. As it travels inwards to be ingested by the black hole, the material heats up to millions of degrees and generates a distinct X-ray flare. Artist''s illustration depicts what astronomers call a ""tidal disruption event,"" or TDE. Credits: Illustration: CXC/M. Weiss via @nasa . . . #nasa #space #nasabeyond #astronomy #galaxy #blackhole

Sep 29, 11:35 AM

Elon Musk revealed everything about #BFR, his new Mars rocket, this morning. It''s a reusable ship designed to transport humans to Mars as soon as 2024! Read more about each photo by clicking the link in our bio. . . . #elonmusk #mars #space #innovation #science #tesla #falcon1 #spacex #rocket

Sep 28, 11:06 AM

""Cosmic ''Winter'' Wonderland: Although there are no seasons in space, this cosmic vista invokes thoughts of a frosty winter landscape. It is, in fact, a region where radiation from hot, young stars is energizing the cooler gas in the cloud that surrounds them. Located in our galaxy about 5,500 light years from Earth, it is actually a ""cluster of clusters,"" containing at least three clusters of young stars, including many hot, massive, luminous stars. There are bubbles, or cavities, that have been created by radiation and material blowing away from the surfaces of massive stars, plus supernova explosions. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L. Townsley et al; Optical: UKIRT; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech @nasachandraxray"" Via @nasa . . . #nasa #chandra #space #science #nasabeyond #stars #astronomy #science #universe

Sep 27, 5:00 PM

""Let''s flash back to astronaut Edward H. White II performing the first American spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965. White, pilot of the Gemini IV four-day Earth-orbital mission, floats in the zero gravity of space outside the Gemini IV spacecraft."" Credit: NASA via @explorenasa . . . #NASA #spacewalk #gemini #history #explore #space #earth #astronaut #world #outerspace