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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 10 February 2012 9.00am EST

During the last week Chandra completed the observing schedule as planned.

A Chandra press release was issued on Feb 8 describing a new study that suggests mysterious X-ray flares from the center of the Milky Way caught by Chandra may be asteroids falling into the Milky Way's giant black hole. These flares have been seen during periodic observations over several years and happen about once every day. If confirmed, this result may mean that there is a cloud around the black hole containing hundreds of trillions of asteroids and comets. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below

Radiation Belts Feb 13 61Cyg HRC-S/LETG Radiation Belts Feb 16 SN1979C ACIS-S SDSSJ112659.54+2944 ACIS-S Feb 17 SDSSJ1435+5359 ACIS-S M31 HRC-I NGC2371 ACIS-S SDSSJ075952.64+1413 ACIS-S Feb 18 PSRJ0821-4300 ACIS-S Radiation Belts PSRJ0821-4300 ACIS-S Feb 19 NGC454 ACIS-S XTEJ1810-197 ACIS-S M31BHXN ACIS-I J1339.8+5548 ACIS-I A1413_Field1 ACIS-I A1413_Field4 ACIS-I


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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