Published on June 29th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
NASA’s NuStar Telescope Captures First Photos In Hunt For Black Holes
NASA’s NuStar telescope has received its first images and they are the sharpest photos of high energy X-rays in deep space that have ever been produced by NASA.
The NuStar (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) observatory was launched on June 13 with the mail goal of documenting high-energy events in deep space with an emphasis in black holes.
The super high tech telescope can produce images at 100 times more sensitivity and 10 times more resolution than all other currently active X-ray telescopes.
The first image (shown above) is of the Cygnus X-1 which is draining gas from a nearby giant star 6,000 light years from Earth.
The first images (below) show the Cygnus X-1 black hole that is gradually draining gas from a nearby giant star 6,000 light years from Earth.
NuStar is set for a two-year mission in which it will examine numerous black holes although other deep space objects will also be included.
By using the high tech telescope scientists hope to better understand how fact black holes spin and how their surroundings reach temperatures into the hundreds of millions of degrees.
After collecting various bits and pieces of data scientists hope to create a map of where the black holes exist in space.