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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 28 February 2020 9.00am EST

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

A Chandra press release was issued on Feb 27 describing observations of the Ophiuchus Galaxy Cluster in which astronomers have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe. A supermassive black hole in the central galaxy of the cluster caused the explosion, blasting out jets that carved a cavity in the surrounding hot gas. Astronomers obtained this result using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, XMM-Newton, and two radio telescopes in Australia and India. The explosion released a factor of five more energy than the previous record holder and hundreds of thousands of times more than typical clusters. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of Eta Carinae coordinated with HST.

        PSZ2G104.74+40.42      ACIS-S       Mar  2
        IRAS11058-1131         ACIS-S
        SPT-CLJ2334-5308       ACIS-I
        Radiation Belts                     Mar  3
        NGC4839                ACIS-I
        ARLac                  HRC-S        Mar  4
        ARLac                  HRC-S
        ARLac                  HRC-S
        ARLac                  HRC-S
        NGC4839                ACIS-I
        ARLac                  HRC-S
        ARLac                  HRC-S
        ARLac                  HRC-S
        NGC4839                ACIS-I
        KIC11606854            ACIS-S       Mar  5
        A1240                  ACIS-I
        Radiation Belts                     Mar  6
        Spiderweb              ACIS-S
        EtaCarinaeShallow      ACIS-S
        SPT-CLJ2334-5308       ACIS-I
        Spiderweb              ACIS-S       Mar  7
        E0102-72               ACIS-S
        A1240                  ACIS-I       Mar  8
        Radiation Belts


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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