The Extended Roentgen Survey with an Imaging Telescope Array (eROSITA), described as the best X-ray telescope in space was launched in June this year. The Max Planck Institute and German Space Agency (DLR) have released the first image captured by the space telescope. The telescope captured the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and an interacting pair of galaxies – A3391 and A3395.
– eROSITA (@eROSITA_SRG) October 22, 2019
Peter Predehl, the principal investigator of eROSITA said, "These first images from our telescope show the true beauty of the hidden universe." The space telescope with the images displayed its capability by detecting distant galaxies clusters, almost 800 million light-years away. The observatory can detect these distant galaxies because of the high sensitivity provided by the CCD cameras and seven mirror modules.
Revealing the beauty of the hidden #Universe: #eROSITA delivers first stunning images, indicating immense potential for new discoveries https://t.co/tPVVr2cpxM @eROSITA_SRG @maxplanckpress #erositafirstlight pic.twitter.com/1Fs83re32x
– Max Planck Society (@maxplanckpress) October 22, 2019
The eROSITA was able to capture intricate details in the LMC like the remnants of the supernova, SN 1987A along with the nearest stars and even the most distant active galactic nuclei. The highly sensitive telescope can easily capture detailed images of distant cosmic bodies and also help astronomers investigate dark energy.
The space telescope also captured images of the galactic ridge in the inner region of the Milky way with over 1000 X-ray sources and other images of the central zone of the galaxy.
More of #eROSITA from @roscosmos: besides the one of the LMC with SN1987A, an image of the "galactic ridge" measuring about 20 square degrees and including more than 1000 X-ray sources has been published, as well as a collage of images of the central zone of the Galaxy. https://t.co/BTxHS22Q75
– eROSITA (@eROSITA_SRG) October 28, 2019
eROSITA along with the ART-XC telescope is part of the Spectrum Roentgen Gamma (SRG), a Russian-German satellite observatory that is on a seven-year mission to perform an X-ray survey of almost 100,000 galaxy clusters. Andrea Merloni, eROSITA project scientist said, "This is a dream come true. We now know that eROSITA can deliver on its promise and create a map of the whole X-ray sky with unprecedented depth and detail."
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Image Credit: F. Haberl, M. Freyberg and C. Maitra; MPE / IKI / DLR