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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 12 January 2018 9.00am EST

During the last week Chandra completed the observing schedule as planned.

A Chandra photo release was issued on Jan 10 describing a new visualization which allows viewers to control their own exploration of the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This is a 360-degree movie based on data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes. Scientists have used the visualization to examine the effects Sag A* has on its stellar neighbors. For details see:

A Chandra press release was issued on Jan 11 describing observations of a rapidly growing black hole, the nucleus of galaxy SDSS J1354+1327. The active nucleus has been seen to transition to an inactive state and back to an active state. The changes in state are suspected to be caused by clumps in the accretion stream. The distribution of matter in the accretion stream seems to be the result of interactions with a companion galaxy. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes observations of GRB161219B, which are follow-up to a Target of Opportunity accepted on May 8, observations of GW170817 and DM Tau which are a follow-up to Director's Discretionary Time Targets of Opportunity which were accepted on Nov 16 and Nov 22 respectively, and an observation of GM Aur coordinated with HST and the VLA.

        3FGLJ1016.5-6034       ACIS-I       Jan 15
        DDO68                  ACIS-S
        A1234                  ACIS-I
        Radiation Belts                     Jan 16
        RCW89                  ACIS-S
        GRB161219B             ACIS-S
        DDO68                  ACIS-S
        SDSS1004+4112          ACIS-S       Jan 17
        DMTau                  ACIS-S
        GW170817               ACIS-S
        Radiation Belts                     Jan 18
        GRB161219B             ACIS-S
        GMAur                  ACIS-S       Jan 19
        J0801+4725             ACIS-S
        NGC3963                ACIS-S
        DDO68                  ACIS-S
        NVSSJ101335+281118     ACIS-S       Jan 20
        GW170817               ACIS-S
        NVSSJ162830+115403     ACIS-S
        SDSSJ091417.69+2216    ACIS-S
        ClGJ095759+191609      ACIS-I
        Radiation Belts                     Jan 21
        RCW89                  ACIS-S
        GW170817               ACIS-S       Jan 22
        ClGJ092921+120505      ACIS-I
        J1046+0243             ACIS-S
        RCW89                  ACIS-S


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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