Planets and Moons  Universe  ID: 13568

OSIRIS-REx Observes a Black Hole

University students and researchers working on a NASA mission orbiting a near-Earth asteroid have made an unexpected detection of a phenomenon 30 thousand light years away. Last fall, the student-built Regolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (REXIS) onboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft detected a newly flaring black hole in the constellation Columba while making observations off the limb of asteroid Bennu. The glowing object turned out to be a newly flaring black hole X-ray binary – discovered just a week earlier by Japan’s MAXI telescope – designated MAXI J0637-430.

Credits

James Tralie (ADNET):
Lead Producer
Lead Editor
Narrator

Brittany Enos (University of Arizona):
Lead Writer

John Caldwell (AIMM):
Videographer

Rob Andreoli (AIMM):
Videographer

Richard Binzel (MIT):
Scientist

Branden Allen (Harvard):
Scientist

Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET):
Technical Support

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Mission:
OSIRIS-REX

Keywords:
SVS >> Asteroid
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Black Hole
SVS >> OSIRIS-REx
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
NASA Science >> Universe
SVS >> Bennu