ASTROSAT spots Crab Nebula, the brightest X-ray source

On October 9, ASTROSAT, the first Indian space observatory, spotted the Crab Nebula using the Cadmium Zinc Telluride Imager (CZTI) instrument. The Crab Nebula is the brightest hard X-ray (highest energy X-ray) source in the sky; researchers often use it as a reference to calibrate hard X-ray detectors. The sighting of the Crab is significant … Continue reading ASTROSAT spots Crab Nebula, the brightest X-ray source

Editorial: Space observatory takes wing

With the successful launch of the space observatory, Astrosat, the Indian Space Research Organisation has put India in a select group of countries that have a space telescope to study celestial objects and processes. The ability to simultaneously study a wide variety of wavelengths — visible light, ultraviolet and X-ray (both low- and high-energy) bands … Continue reading Editorial: Space observatory takes wing

ASTROSAT, India’s unique space observatory

The launch of Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) ASTROSAT telescope today (September 28) will be a shot in the arm for astronomers, particularly those in India. This is the first time India is launching a space observatory. But that is not the only reason why the ASTROSAT telescope is so special. Unlike most other telescopes, … Continue reading ASTROSAT, India’s unique space observatory

ASTROSAT spots Crab Nebula, the brightest X-ray source

Published in The Hindu on October 18, 2015 On October 9, ASTROSAT, the first Indian space observatory, spotted the Crab Nebula using the Cadmium Zinc Telluride Imager (CZTI) instrument. The Crab Nebula is the brightest hard X-ray (highest energy X-ray) source in the sky; researchers often use it as a reference to calibrate hard X-ray … Continue reading ASTROSAT spots Crab Nebula, the brightest X-ray source

ASTROSAT, India’s unique space observatory

Published in The Hindu on September 27, 2015 The launch of Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) ASTROSAT telescope today (September 28) will be a shot in the arm for astronomers, particularly those in India. This is the first time India is launching a space observatory. But that is not the only reason why the ASTROSAT … Continue reading ASTROSAT, India’s unique space observatory