On October 22, spectacular images taken from eROSITA, the german telescope that was probing for dark energy, presented in the MPE, short for Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany. Observations were made since October 13, with eROSITA and pictures of 7 telescopes were combined to obtain these images. The telescope successfully captured LMC, short for Large Magellanic Cloud, and A3391/3395, a pair of galaxy clusters that is 800 million light-years away from Earth.
“These first images from our telescope show the true beauty of the hidden universe,” said Peter Predehl, the principal observer of eROSITA, in the interview. “To meet our science goals, we needed enough sensitivity to detect the most-distant clusters of galaxies in the universe over the whole sky and resolve them spatially. These first light images show that we can do exactly that, but we can go a lot further,” he added.
The telescope is equipped with CCD cameras and seven mirror modules, which makes it highly efficient. It is so sensitive that it captured the minute details supernova SN 1987A, and distant stars and active galactic nuclei, during the testament.
According to the scientists, the telescope is highly sensitive and it will help the astrophysicists in the study the stars and investigation of the dark energy. It will also help in a deeper understanding of the universe.
Andrea Merloni, a project scientist, said, “This is a dream come true. We now know that eROSITA can deliver on its promise and create a map of the whole X-ray sky with unprecedented depth and detail.”
The telescope, eROSITA, was launched on July 13, 2019, by a Russian-German combined astrophysical observation program named Spectrum Roentgen Gamma, from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Russian ART-XC telescope was also launched, in the program, along with the eROSITA to have better pictures of the space.