Telescopes to seek out black holes

  • Updated: June 18, 2012 - 6:38 PM
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Computer-simulated image shows gas from a tidally shredded star falling into a black hole

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NASA launched its newest X-ray space telescope on a $170 million mission to shine a light on black holes and other hard-to-see objects lurking in the Milky Way and other galaxies. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuStar, focuses high-energy X-rays to peer through gas and dust in search of supermassive black holes, remnants of exploded stars and other exotic celestial objects. By zeroing in on never-before-seen parts of the universe, scientists hope to better understand how galaxies form and evolve. Observations will begin about a month after launch.

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