ART-XC First light

On July 30, 2019 the first images of Cen X-3 X-ray pulsar have been obtained with ART-XC telescope onboard Spectrum-RG mission.

Quick-look data analysis demonstrated a strong pulsations with known period of 4.8 seconds.


Images of the X-ray pulsar Cen X-3 obtained with seven ART-XC telescope modules. The location of the images corresponds to the location of the telescope modules. Bottom panel: the pulse profile of Cen X-3 folded with the period of about 4.8 s, registered by the ART-XC telescope from this source.

More detailed investigations will be later presented in official press release.

Last, but not the least, there is a little film, showing how brightness of the pulsar changes – through the eyes of ART-XC

Russian ground-based optical telescopes observe Spectrum-RG

During the last few days Spectrum-RG spacecraft was observed by many Russian optical telescopes. These observations are needed to improve SRG orbit parameters measurements. The improved orbital solution will allow to apply more accurate orbit correction, which is planned on July 22. More accurate orbit correction will allow to save fuel aboard SRG spacecraft during its fly to the second Lagrange point (L2) of the Sun-Earth system. In future it will help to extend the mission lifetime.

These optical observations were done with Russian-Turkish 1.5-m telescope, Zeiss-1000 of Special Astrophysical Observatory of RAS, 1.6-m Sayan observatory telescope of Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of SB RAS, 0.6-m telescope of Institute of Astronomy of RAS at Terskol observatory, telescopes of Crimean Astrophysical Observatory and others.

The SRG spacecraft is now located at the distance about 700 km from the Earth, in the direction of Aquila constellation and is moving to the Lagrange L2 point with the velocity around 800 m/s relative to Earth.

Spectr-RG and DM-03 from the Earth

The first passage of the Spectr-RG space observatory over the territory of Russia from 21:18 to 02:40 MSK was observed by the head of the Kuban State University Observatory (KubSU) Alexander Ivanov with a 254 mm / 1200 mm Maksutov–Cassegrain telescope installed at the KubSU observatory. The video shows the passage of the upper stage DM-03 and the Spektr-RG observatory, moving along the constellation Vulpecula, a densely populated part of the Milky Way:

Averaged image of the DM-03 upper stage and Spectr-RG on July 13, 2019 from 21:18 to 02:40 MSK: