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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 12 August 2016 9.00am EDT

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

A Chandra image release was issued on Aug 10 describing observations of Hanny's Voorwerp, a cloud of gas that is glowing due to radiation from the giant black hole at the center of the galaxy IC 2497. Astronomers think the giant black hole in IC 2497 used to power a quasar in the past, but has faded in the last 200,000 years. Chandra data suggests that jets powered by the black hole have blown a bubble in surrounding gas. By observing both of these objects, astronomers can probe the history of IC 2497's black hole and its effect on its host galaxy. For details see:

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of ASASSN-15lh, which is part of a series of visits of a Target of Opportunity accepted on Oct 19, an observation of 2MASS J23383392+0624518 coordinated with ground-based observatories and an observation of M82 NuSTAR coordinated with NuSTAR.

        M81N                   ACIS-I       Aug 15
        Radiation Belts
        CygnusA-Nucleus        ACIS-I
        M81N                   ACIS-I       Aug 16
        2MASSJ23383392+0624    ACIS-S       Aug 17
        AS1063                 ACIS-I
        Radiation Belts                     Aug 18
        CygnusA-WHotspot       ACIS-I
        SN2001em               ACIS-S       Aug 19
        M82NuSTAR              ACIS-I
        fcc147                 ACIS-S
        ASASSN-15lh            ACIS-S
        KQVel                  ACIS-I       Aug 20
        Radiation Belts                     Aug 21
        SDSSJ123726.26+6517    ACIS-S
        CODEX25953             ACIS-I
        M81N                   ACIS-I


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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