NASA’s FOXSI Mission To Study The Sun Using X-ray Vision

September 16, 2018 | Author: | Posted in News

If you see the sun without the use of any special instrumentation, it looks calm and inert but in reality, it has innumerable miniature explosions that called nanoflares. Nanoflares are the explosion of a sun which is billion times less energetic than ordinary flares. David Smith who is the physicist of UC Santa Cruz said in a statement,” “a normal nanoflare contains 249 megatons energy same of the TNT which works like 10,000 atomic fission bombs”. Sun has the capability to rise weekly, monthly and yearly without generating the ordinary flares and nanoflare is cracking on the sun continuously that’s why the sun is becoming more heating. The more solar heating is a reason of nanoflare. Nanoflares are release in colors of light so human eye can’t see them, especially with naked eyes. According to the US space agency, NASA’s FOXSI mission aims to study the sun using Xray vision. FOXSI stands for focusing X-ray solar imager- Sounding rocket mission launched by Nasa for searching nanoflares that are invisible to the naked eyes. Compact size and cheap build costs make this NASA FOXSI more popular as comparison large-scale satellite. When NASA’s scientists are thinking to trace the nanoflares, they have found that there is the requirement of X-ray vision tool for this job. Nasa’s FOXSI mission will take its third flight from the white sands missile range in New Mexico soon. It is assuming that Focusing Optics X-ray solar imager mission can go 190 miles up the earth’s atmosphere to check the sun directly and study for nanoflares by using X-ray vision. Lindsay Glesener, who is both space physicist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis said,” “FOXSI is the first tool which focuses on high energy X-rays directly to capture the image of them from the sun.” Also, according to lesser,” “Fox is the only instrument which is especially optimizing for the sun.

Generally, Xrays are harder to focus and are unaffected by those mirrors that are fixed in the conventional telescopic, that’s the main reason, to capture the X rays from the sun is not easy as our scientists were thinking. Then, FOXSI team is developed smooth and hard surfaces focusing optics X rays source imager lens which is tilted at a small angle. This lens has the capability to cover the incoming X rays lights to a focus point. During the Nasa’s FOXSI’s first journey, small solar flare capturing progress had been successfully done and in 2014 its second journey, FOXSI had successfully detected the verification at the time of X-ray emission from nanoflares. In order to image low energy in term of soft X rays, a third mission will also a telescope design based journey.  

In this article, we have told you about the latest update related to NASA, that NASA’s FOXSI mission to study the sun using X ray vision. 7 september, NASA will send the FOXSI satellite above the earth atmosphere for searhcing the Nanoflares by using X ray vision.

 

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