Check out striking images of the cosmos captured from space.
Some of the most powerful and menacing spectacles happen in the blackest regions of space. To observe these displays, NASA has a fleet of space telescopes that peer deep into the cosmos. One such telescope is the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The spacecraft detects X-rays emitted from exploded stars, distant galaxies, and hot matter flowing into gigantic black holes. The telescope is so powerful it can read a stop sign from 12 miles away. Some of the X-ray light it has seen dates back to 12 billion years ago, shortly after the formation of the universe. Explore the images for a look at five far-off places revealed with the help of Chandra.
Please give credit for this item to: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Cover image courtesy of NASA/CXC/SAO/J.DePasquale and NASA/JPL-Caltech and NASA/STScI Flame Nebula image courtesy of NASA/DSS Whirlpool Galaxy image courtesy of NASA/CXC/Wesleyan Univ./R.Kilgard, et al. and NASA/STScI Tarantula Nebula image courtesy of NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al. and NASA/JPL/PSU/L.Townsley et al. Milky Way image courtesy of NASA/CXC/Penn State/L.Townsley et al. and ESO/2.2m telescope Black hole image courtesy of NASA/CXC/MIT/C.Canizares, D.Evans et al. and NASA/STScI and NSF/NRAO/VLA
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