I have arrived. As I suspected, I was not the first surveyor to visit this system. Mankind has known of its existence for over a millennium so everyone knows to go to it. 999 more words
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June 24, 2015
In late 2013, when the neutron star at the heart of one of our galaxy’s oddest supernovae gave off a massive burst of X-rays, the resulting echoes — created when the X-rays bounced off clouds of dust in interstellar space — yielded a surprising new measuring stick for astronomers.
And made this stunning picture
These rings might look like colorful, interstellar rainbows, but for astronomers they’ve helped solve a mystery.
By studying these rings, which were captured using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers were able to determine how far Circinus X-1, a double star system in the plane of our galaxy, is from Earth. 158 more words