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NASA's new black hole spotter makes it into orbit

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X-ray specs

These aren't your standard bifocals.

The telescopes consist of 24 concentric shaped-conic sections. The x-rays come in at very small angles and are reflected onto the detector plates. They get around 300x300 pixels after several thousand seconds of exposure.

There are three parallel telescopes -- the "lenses" are a few meters away from the detectors so they have to be mounted on an extension bellows.

It's all very cool. The images will be amazing.

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