Chandra X-ray Observatory
- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is a telescope specially designed to detect X-ray emission from very hot regions of the Universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes. Because X-rays are absorbed by Earth's atmosphere, Chandra must orbit above it, up to an altitude of 139,000 km (86,500 mi) in space.
- Description Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/A. Jubett, et al.; NGST; J.Doroshenko
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- Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
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