China has been working on an innovative X-ray space telescope that is capable of tracing pulsars, gamma-rays, and black holes. Chinese space agency launched this probe on Thursday which is an equipment that carries a lot of expectations for its future discoveries.
The New Chinese Telescope Was Designed to Make Groundbreaking Discoveries
The Hard X-Ray Modulation Telescope or HXMT for short weighs 2.5 tons and received the nickname of Insight. On Thursday, the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center successfully placed the equipment 341 miles into orbit above our Blue Planet. The goal of this novel project is to study the evolution of black holes. On top of that, scientists can form a better idea of the interiors of pulsars with their strong magnetic fields.
With such a new body of knowledge, scientists can pioneer new ways to travel through space. Controlling the systems that empower pulsars can revolutionize spacecraft navigation. Therefore, China is looking forward to harnessing the results of extensive efforts and improving its space X-ray detection technology.
Insight Can Detect all Signs that Give Black Holes Away
The HXMT carries a total of three detectors: the low energy X-ray telescope (LE), the medium energy X-ray telescope (ME), and the high-energy X-ray telescope (HE). This way, the equipment covers a broad spectrum of X-rays from 1 keV to 250 keV. Therefore, Insight encompasses all other technologies throughout the world thanks to its larger detection area, wider view, and broader energy range. As a consequence, it is the first telescope with the highest capacity to scan the galaxy.
Even though the scientific world is well aware of the existence of black holes, it actually possesses a small body of knowledge about them. There are only 20 known such phenomena across the skies. Through their new technology, the space agency can detect more of them and use them for science.
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