SkyTour Radio Presents: Do You See What I See?
Sunday November 4th, 2018
In this episode of SkyTour Radio, join us as we take a closer look at telescopes. From the early invention of Hans Lippershey and the first discoveries of Galileo Galilei, we journey through some of the greatest innovations in the development of space telescopes.
We touch on the Mars Probe and New Horizons projects, delve into the COBE satellite and Chandra observatory and discuss the highly anticipated launch of the James Webb telescope.
Come with us as we talk about some of the fantastic feats of human kind and the wonders we have captured as well as the destinations we have yet to venture to.
The Cosmic Background Explorer was a satellite dedicated to cosmology, which operated from 1989 to 1993. Its goals were to investigate the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) of the universe and provide measurements that would help shape our understanding of the cosmos.
COBE’s measurements provided two key pieces of evidence that supported the Big Bang theory of the universe: that the CMB has a near-perfect black-body spectrum, and that it has very faint anisotropies.
According to the Nobel Prize committee, “the COBE-project can also be regarded as the starting point for cosmology as a precision science”
The Chandra X-ray Observatory
The Chandra X-ray Observatory, previously known as the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility, is a Flagship-class space observatory launched on STS-93 by NASA on July 23, 1999.
Chandra is sensitive to X-ray sources 100 times fainter than any previous X-ray telescope, enabled by the high angular resolution of its mirrors. Since the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs the vast majority of X-rays, they are not detectable from Earth-based telescopes; therefore space-based telescopes are required to make these observations.
Chandra is an Earth satellite in a 64-hour orbit, and its mission is ongoing as of 2018.
Chandra is one of the Great Observatories, along with the Hubble Space Telescope, Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (1991–2000), and the Spitzer Space Telescope. The telescope is named after the Nobel Prize-winning Indian-American astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Its mission is similar to that of ESA’s XMM-Newton spacecraft, also launched in 1999.
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