At noon today, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) was released from a companion aircraft and sent off into Earth's orbit. That's big news for black hole and space enthusiasts: The technology strapped to it will make the hunt for celestial objects significantly easier, both in the Milky Way and farther abroad.
The telescope has enough resolution to catch the highest-energy X-ray light emanating from space and packs enough power to see through the gas and dust that falls in front of black holes. But NuSTAR will be working on more than that while it's out there: it'll be used in the search for dead, compact, or exploded stars and even be turned on the sun in an attempt to better understand its heating process.
It won't be up and running for about another month, when NASA has it scheduled to get started on research operations, and it might take a while before anything major is gleaned from the info. But it will be fascinating to see what exactly will show up when they turn it on.
Wow, that caught my attention. I felt the need to research more on the internet.
This (NuSTAR) was launch from an aircraft! The launch was from a Pegasus XL rocket carried by an Orbital Science Corporation L-1011 "Stargazer" plane. The plane will take off from Kwajalein Atoll an hour before launch, flying out over the Pacific Ocean. About five seconds before launch, the Pegasus XL rocket -- also from Orbital -- will drop from the plane, ignite and propel NuSTAR to space.
Why launch from the air? Plane-assisted launches are less expensive than those that take place from the ground. Less fuel is needed to boost cargo away from the pull of Earth's gravity. NuSTAR is part of NASA's Small Explorer program, which builds focused science missions at relatively low costs.
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... and just maybe it could start putting an end to all those Black Hole theories that keep popping up. Black holes are now being discussed for almost 100 years and their is still no worthy proof for what should be a very significant object. And ever since that "A Brief History of Time" book there has been a whole wave of adepts (almost a S.H. cult) that keep on imagining them ... this could be the Michelson–Morley experiment that puts an end to all this nonsense.
I sort of agree with you Chelle, creating an object to fit the math seems counterproductive. An object that's completely unseen yet the effects of it's force can... insert whatever archane idea you have. Just remember folks, there was always a time when someone KNEW the truth about something, they could prove it, until some better technology came around and showed something different. IE Earth being the center of the universe, the planet being flat, the stars being fixed to the earth, electrons being the smallest particles and on and on and on. I do await either the findings, either way to finally have real proof rather than highly educated guesses would be very nice!
Playing Devil's Advocate since 1978
"The only constant in the universe is change"
-Heraclitus of Ephesus 535 BC - 475 BC
I agree with Chelle, it's high time that experimental science supported or destroyed these maths theories. Lab work has shown that electrically driven plasma can reproduce every space phenomena, without a single gravity 'entity' needed.
The only dark 'matter' is the dark mode which makes most plasma invisible. Glow and arc modes are very apparent in stars, nebulae and galactic cores. We've used electicity long enough, so we should be able to recognize it in operation across the cosmos. The bit that makes it all work is the natural occurrence of 'double layers' which form the bubbles and filaments, allowing massive currents to flow via twisted Birkland currents (transmission lines to engineers).
Let's hope the Newtonian/ Einsteinian blinkers will finally fall off, before we waste another century chasing after nonsensical phantoms.
"It's the thunderbolt that steers the universe!" Heraclitus, 5th century BC
Seriously NASA has this Black-hole detector but it took some geeks with three ground telescopes to find the new black hole eating our galaxy, that's sad...