NASA’s NuSTAR Makes Illuminating Discoveries With ‘Nuisance’ Light

NASA’s NuSTAR Makes Illuminating Discoveries With ‘Nuisance’ Light

This illustration shows NASA’s NuSTAR X-ray telescope in space. Two bulky components are separated by a 33-foot (10-meter) structure called a deployable mast, or boom. Light is collected at one end of the boom and is focused along its length before hitting detectors at the other end.  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech A design quirk in the X-ray […]

NASA Telescope Spots Highest-Energy Light Ever Detected From Jupiter

NASA Telescope Spots Highest-Energy Light Ever Detected From Jupiter

Jupiter’s southern hemisphere is shown in this image from NASA’s Juno mission. New observations by NASA’s NuSTAR reveal that auroras near both the planet’s poles emit high-energy X-rays, which are produced when accelerated particles collide with Jupiter’s atmosphere.  Credit: Enhanced image by Kevin M. Gill (CC-BY) based on images provided courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS  Post adapted […]