NASA’s NuSTAR Captures Glorious Photo Of Earth’s Sun That Makes Science Seem To Halt (SEE IT HERE)
By Kimberly M. Aquilina | Dec 23, 2014 04:01 AM EST
NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is “the initial focusing tough X-ray telescope to circuit Earth,” according to NuSTAR’s goal page. “It is approaching to severely surpass a opening of a largest ground-based observatories that have celebrated this segment of a electromagnetic spectrum. NuSTAR complements astrophysics missions that try a creation in other regions of a spectrum.”
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NuSTAR has aloft cat-scan levels than telescopes like Chandra and XMM-Newton in sequence to answer questions about black holes, how elements exploded into stars and how a many active galaxies are powered.
NASA released a print of a object on Dec. 22 taken with a cat-scan energy of NuSTAR over a print of a object taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
The immature and blue information is from NuSTAR (green shows energies between 2 and 3 kiloelectron volts, and blue shows energies between 3 and 5 kiloelectron volts). The reds are ultraviolet light held by SDO during wavelengths of 171 angstroms, according to NASA.
“This picture shows that some of a hotter glimmer tracked by NuSTAR is entrance from opposite locations in a active regions and a coronal loops than a cooler glimmer shown in a SDO image,” NASA wrote.
NuSTAR has given wish to scientists who are perplexing to find out because a sun’s outdoor atmosphere, a corona, is so prohibited (1 million degrees Celsius) and a aspect is so many cooler (6,000 degrees Celsius).
Mini solar flares competence be an answer to their question, though a “nanoflares” are still hypothetical, according to Huffington Post.
“NuSTAR will be masterfully supportive to a faintest X-ray activity function in a solar atmosphere, and that includes probable nanoflares,” David Smith, solar physicist and member of a NuSTAR group during a University of California, Santa Cruz, pronounced in a created statement, according to Huffington Post.
“At initial we suspicion a whole thought was crazy,” Fiona Harrison, a highbrow of production and astronomy during CalTech and a mission’s principal questioner pronounced in a statement, according to Huffington Post. “Why would we have a many supportive high-energy X-ray telescope ever built, designed to counterpart low into a universe, demeanour during something in the possess behind yard?”
If not for science, for beauty.