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The Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer Project

The Center for Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides this site with data and other information from the Rossini X-Ray Timing Explorer (XTE) Mission's High Energy X-ray Timing Experiment (HEXTE). Visitors to the site can access recent, raw light curve data (HTML) using the ASM (All-Sky Monitor) Data Extraction Form into which source name, coordinates, start and stop time, and type of band intensity results (chi-sq., theta, pi, etc.) can be entered. Plots of light curves, updated weekly, are accessible through the ASM Light Curves page which gives a selection of thumbnail images that can be clicked on for details. The All-Sky Monitor Cross Box page "showcases events when two strong detections of new source candidates yield overlapping error boxes in the realtime analysis" and a link to the STSci Digitized Sky Survey data. QuickTime and g-zipped animations and interviews with astronomers can be downloaded from the All Sky Monitor Movies Page. The animation of the X-Ray sky, created from the detected light curves, shows stellar systems, galaxies, and black holes as they appear from x-ray detectors. Descriptions of the clips precede the animations. Weekly summaries of the XTE craft's position are also available. The high volume of numeric information posted makes the site a bit difficult for people unfamiliar with the x-ray data to navigate, but space scientists will be able to find items of interest here.
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Date of Scout Publication
February 14th, 2001
Date Of Record Creation
April 7th, 2003 at 3:03pm
Date Of Record Release
April 7th, 2003 at 3:03pm
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