Upcoming launch of XRISM satellite!
The X-ray astronomy satellite XRISM, primarily developed by JAXA Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), is set to launch on
August 26th September 7th (Thursday).
Equipped with the world’s most advanced X-ray spectroscopic capability, the XRISM satellite will shed light on the dynamic nature of the universe. It will unveil the velocity, turbulence, and other motions of high-temperature plasma in high-energy celestial bodies like galaxy clusters and black holes with unparalleled precision.
The Nagoya University group, led by Assoc. Prof. Nakazawa of KMI, plays a pivotal role in both the XRISM satellite’s science operation team and the spectrometer’s development team. Prof. Nakazawa is leading the “user support” team, supporting scientists worldwide in making the best use of the XRISM satellite. For details please read this article (Japanese only).
Regarding the observations by the XRISM satellite, Assoc. Prof. Nakazawa commented as follows:
The precise X-ray spectroscopy of XRISM has incredible accuracy, and using the Doppler effect, it can clearly measure the “velocity” of high-energy celestial bodies in the universe for the first time in the world.
It boasts overwhelming performance, allowing us to observe phenomena like the merging of the largest celestial bodies in the universe, galaxy clusters, the manner in which gas falls into black holes, and even the space-time distortion by general relativity.
The observation results from XRISM will show us the dynamic nature of the universe, and I am looking forward to these observations.
For more information about the launch, please visit the YouTube Live as we countdown to the launch!
- Added 2023-08-24 : Rescheduling of the XRISM and the SLIM launches – JAXA – The launch was postponed to around 9:30 a.m. on August 27 due to weather conditions.
- Added 2023-08-25 : Rescheduling of the XRISM and the SLIM launches (No.2) – JAXA – The launch was postponed to around 9:26 a.m. on August 28 du to weather conditions.
- Added 2023-08-28 : Launch of the XRISM and SLIM was postponed – JAXA – Today’s launch was cancelled. The new date will be announced later.
- Added 2023-08-04 : Rescheduled launch of the XRISM and SLIM – The new launch date is set to September 7th.