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NASA to Launch Mission to Study Black Holes in 2020

By Travis Howard, | January 08, 2017

NASA is not sure about what it will find during its mission to study black holes in 2020. (Dana Berry/NASA)

NASA is not sure about what it will find during its mission to study black holes in 2020. (Dana Berry/NASA)

While scientists are fascinated by the mystery and grandeur of black holes, they are extremely hard to study. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has come up with a new mission to decode this mystery a little bit. This research mission will be launched at the end of this decade. This will include studying cosmic X-rays to try to understand black holes better.

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In 2020, this mega project will be conducted by the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE). It will utilize three specialized telescopes to observe cosmic X-rays and various other phenomena in the space. NASA revealed that objects such as black holes possess immense heat and the surrounding areas or things can be heated up to a million degrees. Sometimes, there are X-ray radiations which have very high energy. According to Inverse, NASA believes that these X-rays can be polarized, and hence forced to move in one particular direction.

These super powerful telescopes, taken from the Italian Space Agency, can detect and polarize X-rays. They can also measure cosmic X-rays giving new insights into black holes, neutrons, and pulsars.

Dr. Paul Hertz, the director of NASA's astrophysics department, told the press that objects like Black Holes cannot be directly studied and there is no way to tell with complete surety what is going on in there. However, studying the polarization of cosmic X-rays can give an idea about their behavior, according to Space. 


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