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Q & A: X-Ray Astronomy

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xray source   X-ray (def.): Region of the electromagnetic spectrum corresponding to radiation of high frequency and short wavelengths, far outside the visible spectrum.
Astronomy (def.): Branch of science dedicated to the study of everything in the universe that lies above Earth's atmosphere.
More Information: X-ray Astronomy Field Guide
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Q: Could you describe the differences between the technology of the Chandra and Suzaku (Astro-EII) missions?

Q: Can we look at the Sun through X-rays during a solar eclipse or would our eyes be damaged?

Q: Do xrays from distant objects show a redshift that scales with distance similiar to light's? Is Chandra capable of detecting such? Is there any evidence that neutrinos show a redshift?

Q: What is an X-ray telescope? How does it differ from other types of telescopes?

Q: How does Chandra and Rossi compare or differ from one another?

Q: In the term "X-Ray", what does the x stand for?

Q: I want to know if the image of GRB-010222 can be examined for red shift. Can GRBs be measured that way?

Q: Can Chandra calculate red shift data of objects?

Q: Will you expand to cover other X-ray imaging, eg baloon-borne HERO's?

Q: What kind of polarization do X-rays have, linear or circular?

Q: Why do we need X-ray telescopes?

Q: Has Chandra been able to improve our knowledge about the total amount of radiation emitted by neutron stars, such as the one at the center of the Crab Nebula, and in particular the amount of radiant energy which now reaches the upper levels of the Earth's atmosphere from such sources as Chandra has observed in the X-ray range?

Q: Do you think that in the future the X-Ray telescope will replace the Hubble telescope?

Q: I've been looking for a ground-based X-ray telescope for some time now but I haven't found anything. I am thinking maybe you can give me a hand.

Q: "The Roman numerals refer to how many electrons have been stripped from the atoms. e.g. OVIII is an ion that has lost 7 electrons from its atomic shell, NeX has lost 9 electrons, etc." This does not make sense. Do you mean OVIII has lost eight electrons and NeX has lost ten?

Q: I was speaking to someone on the Chandra project and they mentioned something about an X-ray anomaly comming from somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. Is that accurate? If so then I would like to learn more about this.

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