NASA’s always building amazing new toys to give us an even better look into the vast expanse of space. One of their endeavors is the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), designed to study high-energy X-rays. Among the questions the project hopes to answer are:
- How are black holes distributed through the cosmos?
- How were heavy elements forged in the explosions of massive stars?
- What powers the most extreme active galaxies?
As if all that wasn’t neat enough, scientists recently decided to point NuSTAR at our own star, the Sun. It wasn’t just for kicks, though, as NuSTAR could allow us to observe faint X-ray flashes that have been previously predicted by theorists.
If that’s all a little too technical, no problem (it goes over my head, too). Just enjoy this amazing photograph, the first of what I’m sure will be many to come.
(click image to see hi-res JPG and TIFF formats)