View Full Version : First Light from Japan's AKARI

2006-May-24, 04:39 AM
SUMMARY: Japan's newly launched AKARI spacecraft took its first images on April 13, 2006, testing out its scientific instruments. AKARI (formally known as ASTRO-F) used its Far Infrared Surveyor and near-mid-infrared camera to make a survey of the entire sky in 6 infrared wavebands. It was then pointed towards the reflection nebula IC4954, and was able to distinguish newly born stars. The space observatory is now entering its first mission phase, which will last about 6 months.

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2006-May-27, 05:54 PM
It's good to have another IR camera out there. This instrument may not do very much that other instruments are already doing, but it gives more scientists the ability to schedule observing time on interesting objects.