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RASC Halifax Centre May 2016 Meeting 

Friday, May 13, 2016

(second Friday, this month only)

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

  SMU—Atrium 101, St. Mary's University (Map)

 (All Welcome)

The Hitomi X-ray Observatory


by Prof. Luigi Gallo (SMU)



X-ray light is thousands of times more energetic than the visible light we see with our eyes. It is not only emitted from the most extreme environments in space, but most of the normal matter in the universe emits at these high-energy wavelengths. The Hitomi  X-ray observatory (formally Astro-H) is a Japanese-led mission with contribution from NASA, ESA, and the Canadian Space Agency. The observatory was launched from Tenegashima Space Centre on February 16, 2016 with the objective of making the most precise measurements of the X-ray universe. Only six weeks later communication with the satellite was lost and the mission entered emergency mode. During the presentation I will discuss the science, the observatory, Canada’s involvement on Hitomi, and the current status of the mission.

As in the past, we will be treated to a number of recent images our members have taken, as well as announcements.

Following the meeting will be refreshments and social time.




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