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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft comes out of hibernation for the last time on Dec. 6. Between now and then, while the Pluto-bound probe enjoys three more weeks of electronic slumber, work on Earth is well under way to prepare the spacecraft for a six-month encounter with the dwarf planet that … Read More

Look at these images (captured using Luxel filters) of beautiful coronal loops coming out of the Active Region AR2192. We can see them as solar plasma is attached to the magnetic field lines extending outward of the region and looping back into the Sun…. Read More

NASA’s Newest Mars Mission Spacecraft Enters Orbit around Red Planet

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the … Read More

Earlier this week astronomers from the University of Michigan published a paper in the journal Nature in which they share how they measured the spin of the most distant black hole to date. Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton, they were able to take advantage of … Read More

On January 7, 2014 the Solar Dynamics Observatory witnessed the eruption of a large solar flare, the first of 2014. The flare occurred in a sunspot group known as AR1944, which is currently in the middle of the sun as viewed from Earth, and registered as a X1.2-class … Read More

This morning shortly before 10:30 AM PST NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) spacecraft successfully launched aboard the Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral. This mission will study the Martian upper atmosphere with particular focus on the question of how the planet went from having air and … Read More

The NASA spacecraft Juno, which was launched in August of 2011, will approach within 350 miles of Earth today. It’s  closest pass will be near South Africa at 12:21 PST. On its way by Earth, Juno will pick up a gravity boost that will act as a slingshot to help propel … Read More

It was reported yesterday by BBC News that the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has, for the first time, created a fusion reaction where the amount of energy released is greater than the amount of energy absorbed. While there is still a long ways … Read More

It was one year ago that the Mars Curiosity Rover landed on the red planet. Luxel built LUXFilm®/ Polyimide filters for the  Chemistry and Mineralogy X-Ray Diffusion Instrument (CheMin) which measures the quantities of various minerals in powdered surface samples through X-ray diffraction. CheMin is part of … Read More

A recent article from BBC News discusses how the Hinode and Solar Dynamic Observatory, two satellites that contain Luxel filters, helped observe a tsunami that spread across the sun’s surface following a coronal mass ejection (CME). Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Understanding this field may help predict how CMEs will … Read More

We are pleased to announce that in December 2012 we moved to a brand new manufacturing space. Our new facility, which is only about a mile and a half from our old location, … Read More

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