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Spectrum-RG X-ray space observatory launched (2 photos + video)

Spectrum-RG X-ray space observatory launched (2 photos + video)

Modern space exploration is conducted using various technologies. Russian scientists launched from Baikonur an X-ray observatory capable of studying in detail the observed part of the universe. After reaching the target orbit at the second Lagrange point in the Sun – Earth system for six months, the observatory will begin to review the entire celestial sphere. At the same time, unique positioning will help prevent the blinding Sun from entering the lens of vision. Research will last six and a half years, of which the station will go into a given orbit and test equipment for six months. Over the next 4 years, the entire observable part of the Universe will be completely scanned. One full scan takes six months, so from the eight maps of the outer space obtained, a single one will be compiled with minimal errors. Also, several pictures allow you to consider the state of the Universe in dynamics, to detect the appearance of new objects. The first four years, observation will be carried out in the photon energy range 0.3–11 kiloelectron-volts. Further, the remaining two years, the observatory will focus on observing specific sectors of the sky that have interested scientists from Earth. For these purposes, a range of up to 30 kiloelectron-volts is used. There are two X-ray telescopes at the station: one Russian ART-XC operating in the range recording quanta with energies from 5 to 30 kiloelectron-volts. The second telescope scans the sky in the range working with photons with an energy of 0.5–11 kiloelectron-volts.

Sam Richards

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