IXPE (Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer)

The IXPE observatory is illustrated in shades of blue. The full shape of IXPE is horizontal, with a three-leaf-clover shaped base with small cylinders on each "leaf" of the base. Stemming outward is a long cylindrical body that comes to a larger, open head with a series of thin panels on top.
Historical DateDecember 20, 2022
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An illustration of NASA's IXPE observatory. The colors depicted in this illustration are for artistic purposes only.

The IXPE satellite uses three identical X-ray telescopes to detect polarized X-rays from extreme cosmic objects like black holes, neutron stars, and pulsars.

Launched: December 9, 2021