India’s First multi-wavelength space observation satellite

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced that it is now ready to launch its first astronomy satellite ASTROSAT.

ASTROSAT (space observation satellite)

The agency said that the satellite will blast off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, at 10 AM on Monday, Sept. 28, onboard PSLV-C30, which will carry the satellite into a 650 km (404 miles) orbit.

Astrosat is capable of conducting observations in Ultraviolet (UV), optical, low and high energy X-ray wavebands all at the same time.

Astrosat will study distant stars, pulsars and white dwarfs. The 1.5 ton satellite will measure the magnetic fields of neuron stars and understand high energy processes that occur in binary and extragalactic systems.

It will also train its instruments at the active galactic nuclei at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, where a supermassive black hole is believed to exist.


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