NASA's Swift reveals new phenomenon in a neutron star

Astronomers using NASA's Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they can use to understand these extremely dense objects.

Video: NASA's Swift explores Comet ISON

Astronomers from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and Lowell Observatory have deployed NASA's Swift satellite to explore comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), which may become one of the most dazzling in decades when it rounds the sun later this year.

Swift satellite throws light on origins of supernovae

X-ray and ultraviolet observations from NASA's Swift satellite have given new infoprmation about the origins of Type Ia supernovae.

Christmas gamma ray burst explained?

Astronomers have come up with two competing theories to explain a mysterious cosmic explosion first detected by NASA's Swift observatory on Christmas Day 2010.

Short gamma ray bursts could cause mass extinction

Short gamma ray bursts could be more damaging to life on Earth than longer ones, says a Washburn University astrophysicist who's been studying data from the SWIFT satellite.

Black hole seen swallowing a star

Astronomers have spotted a supermassive black hole in the act of shredding and consuming a star 3.9 billion light years away.

Bizarre cosmic explosion observed

Astronomers are poring over data from what they say is one of the most puzzling cosmic blasts ever observed.

X-ray blast blinds Swift space observatory

The most powerful X-ray blast ever detected from deep space temporarily blinded NASA's Swift space observatory last month.