Saturday, November 3, 2012

X-ray telescope of the new generation is ready to run

Those who love to watch the sun, usually pay attention mainly to large outburst and tarnish on it. But on our star and events are smaller, so-called nanovspyshki. To observe these events in the coming days, in early November, will start a new NASA space telescope named FOXSI (Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager).

The telescope will be located in the meteorological rocket, and his journey takes about 6 minutes, during which he will have to see nanovspyshki as possible.

Know-how will be the new tool FOXSI cobalt / nickel mirror iridium coating that allows collecting X-rays - which are easy to pass through the lens of conventional telescopes, little focus - and send them to the detector. Such optics allows you to see even such weak and dull events like solar nanovspyshki.

Nanovspyshek study should help scientists understand how the image of a large solar flare, and to answer the question of how much heat the sun sends its atmosphere that it is 1,000 times hotter than the surface of our star.

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