Monday , November 18 2019
Home / zimbabwe / German Dark Energy Telescope Captures Its First Images of The Universe

German Dark Energy Telescope Captures Its First Images of The Universe



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.

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.

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.

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."

————————————————– ————————————————– ————————

Image Credit: F. Haberl, M. Freyberg and C. Maitra; MPE / IKI / DLR


Source link