NASA is making final preparations to launch its Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, NuSTAR. The goal of this mission, which will use X-ray vision to search for hidden black holes, ultra-dense neutron stars, and supernova remnants, is scheduled to launch from Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean anytime after June 13.
NuSTAR will be the first space telescope of its kind to forge focused images of cosmic X-rays with the highest energies. These are the same types of X-rays that doctors use to see your bones and airports use to search your bags. The telescope will have more than 10 times the resolution, and more than 100 times the sensitivity of any other telescope operating in a similar energy range.
Researching all different types of black holes, NuSTAR will aim to answer questions about the formation and physics behind these wonders of the cosmos. The observatory will also investigate how exploding stars create the elements that make up planets and people, and it will even help us learn about our own sun's atmosphere.
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A Tax Day Lunar Eclipse
A new meteor shower may be visible in late May across southern Canada and the Lower 48 states.
Across the northeastern United States, a neat natural phenomena called an occultation will occur in a few days.
Across the northeastern United States, a neat natural phenomena called an occultation will occur later this month.
Astronomers, storm chasers, hikers, campers and homeowners should consider having emergency food and water supply on hand.
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