In these past two decades, Chandra has made profound discoveries and contributed invaluable information about the cosmos and the wondrous objects within it.
Chandra is part of a rich legacy of telescopes. Its X-ray lineage stretches back to the Space Age when scientists and engineers pioneered instruments that were sent above the Earth’s atmosphere. This allowed astronomers to observe X-rays from cosmic objects for the first time. Each decade has brought new innovations and new capabilities, culminating in Chandra’s launch aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1999.
Chandra also has strong astronomical family ties across the electromagnetic spectrum. As part of NASA’s “Great Observatories” program, Chandra was designed and built to observe X-rays alongside the Hubble Space Telescope in ultraviolet, visible and infrared light, the Spitzer Space Telescope in infrared light, and the Compton Gamma-ray Observatory in gamma rays.
Today, the quest to explore the Universe is both multiwavelength and multimessenger in nature, with many of the very significant and exciting discoveries requiring information from different types of light as well as gravitational waves and particle physics. In its 20 years of operation, Chandra and X-ray astronomy as a whole have played a pivotal role in uncovering and solving the mysteries of the Universe. We look forward to what the next years may bring.
First Light: Celebrating 20 Years of Chandra Observatory
Credit: Steer Films & NASA/CXC/SAO
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July 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Apollo Anniversary — Space Day
Chandra 20th Booth
August 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory: 20 Years of the X-ray Sky in Sharp Focus!
Maria Mitchell Association Science Speaker Series
September 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM (CST)
20 Years of Science with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory
US Space and Rocket Center Planetarium
1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
Moderator: Kim Arcand
Panelists: Eileen Collins, Aneta Siemiginowska, Harvey Tananbaum, Martin Weisskopf
September 27 - November 14 (2019)
Chandra Art Installation
Pryor Art Gallery, Columbia State Community College
Opening Reception September 28th from 2:00 - 8:00 PM
October 10, 2019
Chandra Public Talk
University of Maine
M.F. Jordan Planetarium
November 15, 2019
20 Years of Stellar Explosions with the Chandra X-ray Observatory
Framingham State University Planetarium
Full schedule for Chandra 20th events: Calendar