NASA launches NuSTAR Telescope

Sun 13 May 2012


NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) launched into the morning skies on Wednesday 13 May 2012, beginning its mission to unveil secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects, on a Pegasus rocket that was launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

"NuSTAR will help us find the most elusive and most energetic black holes, to help us understand the structure of the universe," said Fiona Harrison, the mission's

principal investigator at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The NuSTAR will work in coordination with other telescopes in space, including NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, which observes lower-energy X-rays. The project will open a new avenue on the universe and will provide complementary data to NASA's larger missions including Fermi, Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer.

For more information about NuSTAR, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/nustar

What is Black Hole ?

A black hole is a highly dense object formed after a massive star dies and collapses under its own garvity. Due to its very high desity it has immensely large gravitational force. So much so that even light cannot escape from it. Around a black hole there is a mathematically defined surface called an event horizon that marks the point of no return. It is called "black" because it absorbs all the light that hits the horizon, reflecting nothing, just like a perfec black body

 

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