Japan Launching X-Ray Space Observatory Astro-H Today

Posted: Feb 12 2016, 8:06am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Japan Launching X-Ray Space Observatory Astro-H Today
  • Japan will send Technologically Advanced X-Ray Observatory into Space

Japan will be sending a technologically advanced X-ray observatory into the depths of outer space.

Japan is to launch an X-ray observatory into the context of space. It will be exploring some of the most enigmatic questions about the universe. The launch can be seen live on the Internet.

JAXA’s ASTRO-H spacecraft will be launched in a piggyback fashion atop an H-IIA rocket. This liftoff will take place from Kagoshima, Japan. The ASTRO-H is supposed to help the staff of the Japanese space agency get a grip on the large number of exciting events occurring on a universal level.

These include such phenomena as galaxy clusters and supernova explosions. This space observatory will be ten times more sensitive to X-rays coming in from outer space than its predecessor.

The previous satellite was the Suzaku. It was extant between 2005 and 2015. A large range of highly energetic light will get examined by four telescopes and advanced instruments aboard the present observatory.

Areas of the universe where particulate matter reaches high energy levels seem to radiate X-rays which can then be detected by the observatory.

The energies are released due to a number of events such as stars bursting into pieces, excessive magnetism sources and high gravitational fields. Via the recording of X-rays, we can know the overall makeup of these universal forces and sources in a better and clearer way.

The four instruments aboard the X-ray observatory will allow it to broadly study the universe. Two of the telescopes will have special mirrors that focus the light on a camera and a spectrometer respectively.

The complex pieces of equipment will record and observe the various universal phenomena in an accurate and scrupulous manner. Everything will get mirrored in the things that will get noted down from the smallest data to the largest event.

The spectroscope will employ microcalorimetry in its repertoire of observational techniques. The images caught on the camera via the impingement of X-rays will be colorful and very illustrative of the great number of chemical reactions and physical activities taking place in the far pavilions of deep space.

ASTRO-H launch is scheduled at 3:45 a.m. EST today. Watch Live!

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