The IXPE satellite, which is roughly the size of a refrigerator, is a $214 million dollar mission that aims to probe the physics behind some of the universe’s most dynamic objects: black holes and neutron stars. Astronomers are hoping that this satellite will be a new tool at their disposal to probe the mysteries of the universe.
Equipped with three identical telescopes, IXPE will study the polarization of light (meaning how a light wave oscillates relative to the direction of the wave) from some of the universe’s most dramatic cosmic sources. Astronomers will be able to refine the structure and study the mechanisms that power these types of enigmatic cosmic objects.
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