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NuStar Observatory To Launch On Wednesday

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the space-eyes dept.

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First time accepted submitter TWToxicity writes "NuSTAR is to be launched from a Pegasus XL rocket carried by an Orbital Science Corp. L-1011 "Stargazer" plane. It will orbit at 550 km above Earth's surface. A week after launch, NuSTAR will deploy its 10 meter boom, which allows the telescope to focus X-rays and capture images that will help scientists survey black holes in other galaxies, study the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way, and study supernovae to discover how atomic elements are formed."

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Obligatory Question: However, Will NuStar Run (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40288249)

Waste ( or Stuxnet in Russian) [wikipedia.org]?

That is the question.

Yours In Miami,
K. Trout, C.T.O.

Re:Obligatory Question: However, Will NuStar Run (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40288955)

No. Die in a hurricane.

"Hoe" atomic elements? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40288269)

"to discover hoe atomic elements"

Working for "pimp molecules" or something?

Re:"Hoe" atomic elements? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40288363)

Working for "pimp molecules" or something?

Or vagina.

Re:"Hoe" atomic elements? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40288385)

No not "Ho", "Hoe". They're farming space. Gotta hoe those rows.

Re:"Hoe" atomic elements? (-1, Flamebait)

amoeba1911 (978485) | about 2 years ago | (#40288391)

It's something about intergalactic black hoes, I think.... I'm not quite sure. We might need to read the article but it may not be SFW.

CMDRTACO MOD PARENT DOWN! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40288693)

I happen to be a Black man and do nut appreciate this comment. CMDRTACO, can we get a -1 Racist moderation for such comments as these above?

Discovering hoe (0)

cpu6502 (1960974) | about 2 years ago | (#40288319)

I have little interest in alien hoe, unless they look like one of Quark's Dabo girls. (Or Bajoran Girl Lyta when she was still thin.)

Re:Discovering hoe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40288437)

No not Ho [wikipedia.org], Hoe [wikipedia.org]. They're farming space. Gotta hoe those rows.

Re:Discovering hoe (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#40294955)

Um, I believe you're referring to 'ho's (contraction of whores). A hoe is a tool used for gardening. As to Star Trek, I've attempted to debunk that bit of fiction with more fiction. [slashdot.org] At to Dabo girls, That messed up nose kind of ruins it for me. And you relize that sex with a different species is bestiality, right? Who know Star Trek was so kinky?

Now would please someone explain how studying supernova can tell us how elements are formed? I like the slashdot jokes, but I like learning even more.

Ohh NASA! (1)

codemode (2655475) | about 2 years ago | (#40288365)

Instead of searching for black holes how about more effort in finding little green aliens!

Re:Ohh NASA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40289309)

If they're communicating with gravity waves, a black hole search could reveal them. Don't give up hope yet.

NuStar is going to be doing some very cool stuff (5, Informative)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | about 2 years ago | (#40288413)

NuStar is going to be doing a lot of work searching for and imaging black holes and supernova remnants. The second is very important for understanding the history of our universe, since the elements greater than lithium are made in stars, and supernovae are what spread them around. The elements heavier than iron are only produced in supernova. So understanding supernova and their remnants gives us insight into where we all came from. Understanding supernova better will also help us understand better the size of the universe. Currently one way of measuring distances to very far away objects is that Type Ia supernova http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_Ia_supernova [wikipedia.org] are roughly fixed brightness, so if one can identify such a supernova then one knows about how far away it is. Getting better estimates on their light curves will help out, and similarly getting better understanding of the distance to core collapse supernova will also help.

Overall, the technology for x-ray and gamma ray telescopes have improved a lot over the last few years. The basic problem with them is that you can't make what amounts to a lens or a mirror for x-rays since they are too high energy, so you can't make a telescope in the classical designs. However, in the 1950s Hans Wolter came up with some methods of doing almost the same thing using clever designs ahref=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolter_telescoperel=url2html-30574 [slashdot.org]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolter_telescope> but it wouldn't be until the late 1970s that any functioning designs existed. Since then there have been a lot of very effective designs such as Chandra and Swift. The technology is improving and the precision and level of information one gets form NuStar will be much better than previous x-ray telescopes and will be able to pick out details from much fainter sources.

Re:NuStar is going to be doing some very cool stuf (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40288649)

A wild lecture appears...

NuSTAR is to be launched from a Pegasus XL rocket (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40288535)

NuSTAR is to be launched from a Pegasus XL rocket...

or vagina.

Folks at $ork[2] are excited about this. (1)

Shag (3737) | about 2 years ago | (#40290359)

ssl.berkeley.edu has been abuzz with all manner of things getting done at higher priority than usual because of this launch. I saw mission control a few years back (this won't be anywhere near the first craft they've controlled, let alone helped build) and I wish my local college had a room like that. ;)

Need to read better (boom NOT bomb.) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40290721)

I've been reading too much current events, on scaning the article I thought holy crap that's a big bomb. My thoughts have been corrected to holy crap that's a big boom!

Why mention the orbit height? (1)

wcoenen (1274706) | about 2 years ago | (#40293501)

It will orbit at 550 km above Earth's surface.

I'm not sure why this orbit height is important enough to be mentioned in the summary. For comparison, the ISS orbits at about 400 km. Telecommunications satellites have geosynchronous orbits at about 36000 km.

Re:Why mention the orbit height? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40315553)

Well, it sure is as important a detail as any, apart from the basic nature of the satellite. You could ask the same question about every detail in the summary.

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