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The first image from NASA’s new X-ray X-ray telescope looks like a ball of purple lightning

The first scientific picture of IXPE shows the remains of the supernova Cassiopeia A. (Image: NASA / CXC / SAO / IXPE)

NASA’s recently launched X-ray probe took its first scientific photo, and – wow – it’s exciting.

The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) was launched on December 9, 2021 with a mission to observe objects such as black holes and neutron stars in X-ray light, shedding long-awaited light on the inner workings of space. The probe spent its first month in space, testing various systems to prepare for the first images, and now the IXPE team has published its first scientific image.



https://www.space.com/nasa-ixpe-xray-observatory-first-image The first image from NASA’s new X-ray X-ray telescope looks like a ball of purple lightning

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