China begins use of advanced telescope

Updated 2018-01-31 09:40:06

China's first Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) was reportedly put into use on Tuesday, which could help with China's astronomical research in a new era and enhance China's influence in space science.

Better known as Huiyan, which means insight, the telescope is ready for use after months of operation in orbit, according to a notice released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Tuesday.

"The Huiyan project and the success of its operations have filled the gap between China and countries in leading astronomical technology, which was groundbreaking for the country," Xiong Shaolin, a scientist at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), where the Huiyan space telescope was developed, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

The Huiyan was designed to observe extremely strong light, such as x-rays, produced when extreme physical phenomena take place in space. The data observed by the telescope, which can be seen as the "fingerprint" of cosmic substances involved, can serve as important pieces of information for humans to comprehend compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars, Xiong said.

Huiyan was launched on June 15, 2017 at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China's Gansu Province.

"During the six months in operation, Huiyan worked even beyond our expectations. For example, it has observed an unusual solar flare erupting on September 6, 2017, and also took part in observing the well-known gravitational wave in October last year," Xiong said.

Scientists from around the world announced on October 16, 2017 that they had for the first time detected ripples in space, known as gravitational waves, coming from the merger of two binary neutron stars.

When the two neutron stars collided, there were only four x-ray and gamma ray telescopes in the world focused on the historical astronomical event, and Huiyan was among them.

"Huiyan has led us to a new stage where we can start research that can compete with countries with leading astronomical technologies," Xiong said.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58August 22 2018 07:58:46

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16August 22 2018 07:58:46

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18August 22 2018 07:58:46

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords