The High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) is the
primary archive for NASA's (and other space agencies') missions studying
electromagnetic radiation from
extremely energetic cosmic phenomena ranging from
black holes to the Big Bang. Since its
merger with the Legacy Archive for Microwave Background Data Analysis (LAMBDA) in 2008, the HEASARC
archive contains not only data
obtained by high-energy astronomy missions observing in the
extreme-ultraviolet (EUV), X-ray, and gamma-ray bands, but also data from
space missions, balloons, and ground-based facilities that have studied the
relic cosmic microwave background (CMB).
- Applications for 2015 Fermi Summer School Are Due Soon! (04 Mar 2015)
The deadline for applications
for the 2015 Fermi Summer School, which will run from May 26 through June 5,
2015, is March 13th.
- NuSTAR Cycle 1 Results (03 Mar 2015)
The list of NuSTAR targets accepted by the Cycle 1 peer review is
now available, Cycle 1 observations will start to be routinely performed on
April 1, 2015. Written evaluations will be sent to all NuSTAR Cycle 1 PIs in
the next few weeks. As specified in the AO, U.S. PIs of proposals with
category A or B targets will be invited to submit phase-2 funding proposals.
Note that 0.5 Ms of NuSTAR observing time is also available through the
Chandra Cycle 17 CfP, due March 17.
- Chandra CALDB 4.6.7 installed at the HEASARC (26 Feb 2015)
CalDB 4.6.7 is now installed and available at the HEASARC. Chandra 4.6.7 was released on February 23, 2015. Note that this release requires CIAO 4.3 or higher...
- An Intriguing New Member of the Black Hole Family Tree (26 Feb 2015)
A newly discovered cosmic object may help provide answers to some
long-standing questions about how black holes evolve and influence their
surroundings, according to
Mezcua et al. (2015,
MNRAS, in press), who observed it with Chandra and the
European VLBI Network.
This intriguing object, called NGC2276-3c, is located in an arm of the spiral
galaxy NGC 2276. With an inferred mass of 50,000 solar masses, it
appears to be an 'intermediate-mass black hole' or IMBH.
- NASA, ESA Telescopes Give Shape to Furious Black Hole Winds (19 Feb 2015)
Five simultaneous observations by Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the XMM-Newton
observatory are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole in
PDS 456 blow
outward in all directions -- a phenomenon that had been suspected, but
difficult to prove until now. See
Nardini et al. (2015, Science, 346, 860) for the full
- The Million Quasars Catalog (19 Feb 2015)
The latest version (v4.4, 6 February 2015) of the
(Eric Flesch 2009 - 2015) containing more than one million
(1,151,011 to be exact) likely quasars is now available in Browse and
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