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Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer


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A NASA satellite launched in 1995 December. It carries a large array of proportional counters, nearly a metre square, to study X-rays of 2–200 keV (0.006–0.6 nm). RXTE uses its Proportional Counter Array (PCA) and High Energy X-ray Timing Experiment (HEXTE) to study the variability of the thousand or so brightest X-ray sources at time-scales down to 10 μs. Another instrument, the All-Sky Monitor (ASM), scans the sky every 100 min. It is named after B. B. Rossi.

http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/rxte.html Information page at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.


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