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Goddard TV Video Tape: G2010-139 -- Various Small Astrophysics projects


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Beauty pass animation showing the spacecraft moving into sunlight and past the Earth to end facing out into space. Swift HD Beauty Shot
On March 28, 2011, NASA's Swift detected intense X-ray flares thought to be caused by a black hole devouring a star. In one model, illustrated here, a sun-like star on an eccentric orbit plunges too close to its galaxy's central black hole. About half of the star's mass feeds an accretion disk around the black hole, which in turn powers a particle jet that beams radiation toward Earth.   Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab NASA's Swift Satellite Spots Black Hole Devouring A Star
Zoom into Markarian 739, a nearby galaxy hosting two monster black holes. Using NASA's Swift and Chandra, astronomers have shown that both black holes are producing energy as gas falls into them. The object is only the second-known binary active galactic nucleus within half a billion light-years. Nearby Galaxy Boasts Two Monster Black Holes, Both Active
Animation depicting the binary star system.  When viewed from its orbital plane, the red giant eclipses the pulsar. RXTE Sees Eclipses from Fast X-ray Pulsar
Video showing direction of travel of galaxy clusters at four distances from Earth.  The colored dots are clusters within one of four distance ranges, with redder colors indicating greater distance. Colored ellipses show the axis of bulk motion for clusters of the corresponding color. Images of representative galaxy clusters in each distance slice are also shown.    Credit: NASA/GSFC/A. Kashlinsky et al. Dark Flow
Supernova Remnant video showing specific remnants and their appearance at different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation.   For Photoshop file, click  here . Fermi Explores Supernova Remnants
This video labels the galaxy and supernova, and moves through visible, ultraviolet and X-ray images. Central Engine Supernova
This simulation follows the collision of two spiral galaxies that harbor giant black holes. The collision merges the black holes and stirs up gas in both galaxies. The merged black hole gorges on the feast and lights up, forming an active galactic nucleus called a quasar and creating a Swift Survey Finds 'Smoking Gun' of Black Hole Activation