NASA launches 'black hole hunter'

Astronomers hope telescope will reveal black holes and exploding stars in a way never seen before.

    NASA is calling it the black hole hunter, a newly launched telescope that could just change the way we see the universe.

    The nuclear spectroscopic telescope array, or NuStar, has just left a US military air base in the Marshall Islands, in the central Pacific ocean.

    NuStar will become operational in about a week, when a long mast about the length of a bus will unfold in space.

    Once deployed, astronomers will be able to get a close look at what are known as high-energy fields in space like exploding stars and black holes.

    Al Jazeera's Anand Naidoo reports from Washington.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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