NASA’s NuSTAR Catches Black Holes In Galaxy Web


High-energy X-ray data from NuSTAR have been translated to the color magenta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/DSS

High-energy X-ray data from NuSTAR have been translated to the color magenta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/DSS

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, set its X-ray eyes on a spiral galaxy and caught the brilliant glow of two black holes lurking inside.

“These new images showcase why NuSTAR is giving us an unprecedented look at the cosmos,” said Lou Kaluzienski, NuSTAR program scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington. “With NuSTAR’s greater sensitivity and imaging capability, we’re getting a wealth of new information on a wide array of cosmic phenomena in the high-energy X-ray portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.”

Launched last June, NuSTAR is the first orbiting telescope with the ability to focus high-energy X-ray light. It can view objects in considerably greater detail than previous missions operating at similar wavelengths. Since launch, the NuSTAR team has been fine-tuning the telescope, which includes a mast the length of a school bus connecting the mirrors and detectors.

Full Story: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-008

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