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Scientists in Action: Seeing into Space with IXPE

Program Description

Space is filled with exotic astronomical objects like neutron stars and supermassive black holes— light-years from Earth, hard to see and even harder to study. But powerful tools can help, including NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft. The telescopes onboard IXPE will observe the X-rays produced by these faraway features, particularly the direction that these X-rays are vibrating, known as “polarization.” Join the expert spacecraft designers and builders at Ball Aerospace as they describe what it takes to create an observatory like IXPE and what IXPE will teach us when it launches later this year.

Date and Times

Thursday, October 28, 2021
9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.


Recommended for grades 4 – 12, but all are welcome.

Program Length

45 minutes


Participating in this electronic field trip is FREE at this time. 

Equipment requirements

Scientists in Action is available to groups doing in-person and remote learning. Each participant or group will need a computer or device connected to the internet. Groups doing in-person learning may request an on-camera panelist spot, which will require a webcam, external microphone, and external speakers. 

Scientists in Action events are presented via Zoom videoconferencing software, downloadable at 

About Scientists in Action

Scientists in Action is a monthly broadcast series that connects learners everywhere with real  scientists where they work, and is driven by audience Q&A. Each event is a live, two-way  interactive webcast with multiple schools, organizations, homeschools, pods, and families participating. 

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