PIA16698: Complementary X-Ray Vision
Mission: NuSTAR
XMM-Newton
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Produced By: IPAC-Caltech
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This chart depicts the electromagnetic spectrum, highlighting the X-ray portion. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton telescope complement each other by seeing different colors of X-ray light. XMM-Newton sees X-rays with energies between 0.1 and 10 kiloelectron volts (keV), the "red" part of the spectrum, while NuSTAR sees the highest-energy, or "bluest," X-ray light, with energies between 3 and 70 keV. Doctors and dentists generally use X-rays in this higher energy range because they penetrate skin and can only be stopped by dense bones.

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory sees a similar energy range as XMM-Newton, but it is better suited for imaging. XMM-Newton specializes in capturing spectral information.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/nustar and http://www.nustar.caltech.edu/. For more information on ESA's XMM-Newton mission, visit http://go.nasa.gov/YUYpI6.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2013-02-27