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X-Ray Astronomy

Background, History, The X-ray Universe, X-ray Missions

At the high-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum, x rays provide a unique window on some of the hottest and most violent objects in the universe. Since the discovery of extra-solar x-ray sources in 1962, scientists have investigated a large number of phenomena which emit x rays. With each new space mission, more sources and more details of the structure of the xray universe have been gleaned.

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