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News from 2010

October 22, 2010 - Japanese and U.S. Space Telescopes Reveal Previously Unknown Brilliant X-Ray Explosion in Our Milky Way Galaxy
Astronomers in Japan, using an X-ray detector on the International Space Station, and at Penn State University, using NASA's Swift space observatory, are announcing the discovery of an object newly emitting X-rays, which previously had been hidden inside our Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Centaurus.
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October 1, 2010 - New Release of the Swift Software and Calibration Data is Available for Download.
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August 17, 2010 - Eclipsing Pulsar Promises Clues to Crushed Matter
Astronomers using NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) have found the first fast X-ray pulsar to be eclipsed by its companion star. Further studies of this unique stellar system will shed light on some of the most compressed matter in the universe and test a key prediction of Einstein's relativity theory.
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July 26, 2010 - Swift Cycle 7: Proposals Due September 29, 2010
Details on the Swift Cycle 7 Guest Investigator Program are now available.
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July 14, 2010 - Record-Breaking X-ray Blast Briefly Blinds Space Observatory
A blast of the brightest X-rays ever detected from beyond our Milky Way galaxy's neighborhood temporarily blinded the X-ray eye on NASA's Swift space observatory earlier this summer, astronomers now report.
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May 26, 2010 - NASA's Swift Survey finds 'Smoking Gun' of Black Hole Activation
Data from an ongoing survey by NASA's Swift satellite have helped astronomers solve a decades-long mystery about why a small percentage of black holes emit vast amounts of energy.
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Apr 19, 2010 - NASA's Swift Catches 500th Gamma-ray Burst
In its first five years in orbit, NASA's Swift satellite has given astronomers more than they could have hoped for. Its discoveries range from a nearby nascent supernova to a blast so far away that it happened when our universe was only 5 percent of its present age.
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Jan 27, 2010 - Newborn Black Holes Boost Explosive Power of Supernovae
An international team of scientists, including two astronomers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have observed a supernova with peculiar radio emission. In the Jan. 28 issue of Nature, the team -- led by Zsolt Paragi of the Joint Institute for Very Long Baseline Interferometry in Europe, or JIVE -- reveals new details of these highly energetic explosions.
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Jan 11, 2010 - Swift Cycle 6 Accepted Targets and Proposals Have Been Posted
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