Who's looking at the Voorwerp?

I just got a notification from the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre that our observations of IC 2497 and the Voorwerp have now been scheduled for April 19th. XMM-Newton is esa’s flagship X-ray satellite and can observe photons from 0.2-10 keV. We’ve already got our hard X-ray observations from Suzaku last year, so XMM will have a second, detailed look at the softer X-rays. Also, if there’s anything there, then XMM will give us a very rough image; Suzaku can’t take images, only spectra. After the data are taken, it may take a few weeks for esa to process the raw data before they send it to us. Stay tuned…

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7 responses to “Who's looking at the Voorwerp?”

  1. NGC3314 says :

    And to make the party more festive – the next Hubble Space Telescope schedule was posted early today, showing that it will be observing IC 2497 and Hanny’s Voorwerp starting around 1700 UT on April 4. This observation uses WFC3 for near-infrared and ultraviolet images.

  2. BillKeel says :

    And to make the party more festive – the next Hubble Space Telescope schedule was posted early today, showing that it will be observing IC 2497 and Hanny’s Voorwerp starting around 1700 UT on April 4. This observation uses WFC3 for near-infrared and ultraviolet images.

  3. Richard Scalzo says :

    Ah, I hadn’t seen this post when I talked to you at Happy Hour today. 🙂

    I suppose I can wait till May… ish. I might have to gently and politely bang your door down with abject curiosity before then.

  4. Joseph K. H. Cheng says :

    The upcoming Hubble observation is just like a worldwide carnival or carnival for the science community very exciting and festive. Thank you for the vital information, Bill & Kevin. All Zooites are holding their breath in anticipation and hoping to see the unveiling of the great mystery.

    JKHC.

  5. Hanny says :

    Hmm, the new blog seems to be eating my comments. Not so cool.

  6. Hanny says :

    Ah and of course, *then* you’re proven wrong. Oh well.

    😀

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