REXIS Field Of View: Black Hole X-Ray Detection

This visualization simulates an X-ray outburst from the black hole MAXI J0637-043, detected by the REXIS instrument on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, as it moves through REXIS’s line of sight. At first, the outburst is visibly intense, but it gradually fades as it subsides. The animation was constructed using data collected by the X-ray spectrometer while REXIS was making observations of the space around asteroid Bennu on Nov. 11, 2019.

Date Taken: November 11, 2019

Instrument Used: REXIS

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/MIT/Harvard


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