NASA selects mission to study Black Holes:

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by paddoboy, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. paddoboy Valued Senior Member


    NASA selects mission to study black holes, cosmic x-ray mysteries:

    NASA has selected a science mission that will allow astronomers to explore, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most extreme and exotic astronomical objects, such as stellar and supermassive black holes, neutron stars and pulsars.

    Objects such as black holes can heat surrounding gases to more than a million degrees. The high-energy X-ray radiation from this gas can be polarized - vibrating in a particular direction.

    The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission will fly three space telescopes with cameras capable of measuring the polarization of these cosmic X-rays, allowing scientists to answer fundamental questions about these turbulent and extreme environments where gravitational, electric and magnetic fields are at their limits.

    "We cannot directly image what's going on near objects like black holes and neutron stars, but studying the polarization of X-rays emitted from their surrounding environments reveals the physics of these enigmatic objects," said Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
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  3. danshawen Valued Senior Member

    Makes sense to have such a mission based on some very recent observations of the most powerful magnetars yet discovered. The potential for new physics is high under such extreme conditions, and it is not always cost effective to try and duplicate them on Earth on smaller scales.
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  5. river

    Is there a reason that BB theory could not predict this kind of magnetar ?
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  7. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

    Where did you get such a silly idea?
    Neither the BB nor GR forbid such things, it's just that they are now being discovered and researched.
    You do know what a Magnetar is don't you river?
    Let me explain...Simply an extreme form of a Neutron star with an extra strong magnetic field, just as a Pulsar is simply another extreme for of Neutron star also with magnetic field and extreme angular momentum.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2017

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