NuStar Space Universe X-rays

A SPY IN THE SKY

The Event Horizon project isn’t the first attempt to form some sort of image of a
black hole. Launched in 2012, the NuStar Telescope was the first telescope sent
into space with the ability to focus on high-energy X-rays. This enabled
researchers to identify the presence of a black hole but not capture an image of
one. By detecting high-energy X-rays, NuStar can paint a picture of the location of
a black hole and show the level of radiation coming from it.
The telescope has helped us understand merging galaxies, the structure of
black holes and the results of their destructive force. Data collected has helped to
form an image of key points in the life of a black hole, from its birth by a dying star
to its devouring of a buffet of mass forming an energetic quasar. Five years on, the
telescope is still spying on the universe and producing some extraordinary visuals.

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