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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

X for ABC Wednesday

ABC Wednesday offers X for the prompt.



Spectacular photos of the cosmos come from the Chandra X-ray Telescope which completes its unusual elliptical orbit in sixty-four hours and eighteen minutes.

The above photo accompanies the June 26, 2009 press release and shows rays of the Milky Way that have accelerated in the remnants of exploded stars.

X-ray telescopes differ greatly from optical telescopes. High-energy, X-ray photons penetrate into a mirror in much the same way that bullets slam into a wall or ricochet when they hit at a grazing angle. The Chandra telescope system consists of four pairs of mirrors and their support structure.

Photo Credit: Optical: ESO/E. Helder; X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Utrecht/J.Vink et al

Follow the link to see more about this fascinating telescope and to view other incredible photos of our outer world.

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23 comments:

Hildred and Charles said...

A beautiful and fascinating photo, and what a great choice for X - thank you for the link....

shraddha said...

that is a very interesting picture!
you write very well.

Paula Scott said...

oooo! Aaaah!
What a beautiful shot! Thanks for tracking it down and sharing with us.

Janie said...

Beautiful starry photo. I enjoyed learning about the X-ray telescope!

Leslie: said...

eXtremely impressive! ThX for stopping by with your comments. :D

photowannabe said...

Very interesting and thanks for the information. I had never heard of a Chandra xray telescope.

Roger Owen Green said...

I never tire of pictures like this one; thanks.

anthonynorth said...

These images from deep space tell me there's an artist out there.

magiceye said...

that was such interesting information. thank you!

RuneE said...

An X with a difference! I enjoy these kind of astronomical reading. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one.

PS Thank you for the comment!

Reader Wil said...

Well, that's an interesting post! I didn't know anything about this telescope. Thanks for this post.

Rinkly Rimes said...

Even the beams are crisscrossing for you. Fascinating information.

Marie Reed said...

I'm ooohing and ahhhing too!

Miss_Yves said...

EXcellent choice ! Amazing picture !

Vicki ~ FL said...

Very interesting photo and info included about the telescope.

Rose said...

A beautiful photo and very informative post. I'm also enjoying catching up with reading some of your poetry.

Q said...

Once again you amaze me!
Nice choice for x.
I did not know about the x-ray telescope. I am enjoying ABC Wednesday so very much. My note pad is almost full from today's adventure!
Happy July!
Sherry

Gordon said...

An interesting X post; I did not know about X-ray telescopes.

Tash said...

Fantastic. Out of this world post. Very interesting too.

Joy said...

Here we are floating in the middle of the milky way - images of the space around are always amazing. Interesting X about the telescope.

jay said...

That's a unique X, for sure! And it produces some wonderful photos, by the look of it!

Grace and Bradley said...

Thanks for sharing for an interesting post of "X". I was always fascinated with the amazing space photographs.

Life with Kaishon said...

I have always been fascinated by telescopes! Great idea for X this week : )