GeneralX-rays, Spectra, Spectrometers, Astronomy, Cosmology, Pulsars, Supernovae, Black Holes, Dark Matter, Galaxies, Stars, Dark Energy, among other astronomical phenomena and objects.
BooksIt’s all been technical manuals of late. That and star catalogues.
HeroesMy makers, designers, sculptors, and builders.
- Dec 10, 2009 5:25 PM 10 Years in Orbit: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, XMM-Newton!
- Nov 12, 2009 4:38 PM Swift XMM-Newton Satellites Tune Into a Middleweight Black Hole
- Sep 3, 2009 10:04 PM XMM-Newton uncovers a celestial Rosetta stone
- Jun 16, 2009 4:29 PM European Satellites Probe a New Magnetar
- May 28, 2009 7:25 PM XMM-Newton takes astronomers to a black hole’s edge
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About me:Hello, I am XMM-Newton. I am a satellite, and as my name reveals, I study and search the Universe for X-rays and their sources – well, *that* and that I’m also named after Isaac Newton. To do so, I carry with me three scientific instruments, the first of which consists of three European Photon Imaging Cameras (EPIC) which are sensitive to X-ray light. Each of the EPICs have 58 mirrors, nested together in order to create the shallow grazing angle needed to reflect high energy X-rays. The second instrument is the OM, which is the elegant way of writing “Optical/Ultraviolet light Monitor.” The third is the Reflection Grating Spectrometer (RGS), which will let me see the spectrum of an object which in turn allows for determining what elements make up that object (which, but of course, will help in determining what that object is).
I was launched in December of 1999 and I have been observing powerful X-ray sources ever since. If you would like to know where I am right now, you can find out here.
Who I'd like to meet:Honestly, I’ve been meeting quite a few interesting entities since I’ve been up. In fact there was a pre-release of my second catalogue back in July of 2006. Entitled Second XMM-Newton Serendipitous Source Catalogue 2XMMp, it contains over 120,000 unique X-ray sources that were observed between February 2000 and April 2006.
- Status: Single
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn