Stories by Miriam Kramer

NASA photo reveals star formation sparked by distant supermassive black hole

A newly released photo from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory
Photo: X-ray: NASA/CXC/INAF/R. Gilli et al.; Radio NRAO/VLA; Optical: NASA/STScI

A supermassive black hole's influence can stretch far beyond its immediate surroundings.

What's happening: A newly released photo from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes reveals a black hole in the middle of a galaxy 9.9 billion light-years from Earth that's spurring on star formation in four other galaxies around it, according to a new study in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

What's next for the Parker Solar Probe

Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe in front of the Sun
Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe in front of the Sun. Photo: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL

A new series of studies based on data beamed back from the Sun-studying Parker Solar Probe could help scientists better predict dangerous space weather.

Why it matters: Streams of charged particles sent out by the Sun create space weather that can affect satellites, electrical grids on Earth and even people in orbit.

Tracking planes from orbit

Ocean water from orbit
Ocean water from orbit. Photo: NASA

A new satellite launched to orbit last week will track planes traversing Earth’s oceans from space.

Why it matters: Experts have said that a space-based aircraft tracking system could make flights safer, on time and more fuel efficient.