Saturday February 27, 2016
Canadian astronomers get new X-ray eyes on the skies
Last week, the Japanese Space Agency successfully launched the Astro-H X-ray telescope, and, in Japanese tradition, renamed it "Hitomi" when it achieved orbit.
The telescope has a Canadian connection, as Canada contributed an important instrument to the device, which will compensate for vibration and temperature distortions of the telescope due to temperatures fluctuations in space. In return, the Canadian team working with the telescope, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Luigi Gallo, an astronomer from St. Mary's University in Halifax, will get first look at the data and images the telescope will produce.
They'll be studying X-ray emissions from some of the most energetic and violent events in the universe, including supermassive black holes and supernovae.