Last week, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) fired its 300th laser target shot in fiscal year (FY) 2015, meeting the year’s goal more than six weeks early. In comparison, the facility completed 191 target shots in FY 2014. Located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the NIF is … Read More

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, our New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto today, about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India … Read More

NASA’s Cassini probe, which has been in orbit around Saturn for over a decade, just sent back a handful of gorgeous images of the planet’s rocky moon Dione. The picture above, taken on Wednesday, shows a close-up of Dione’s surface with the bright rings of Saturn peeking out from … Read More

The Sun sure has been acting up lately. Early this morning it let loose with yet another in a veritable string of flares — gargantuan explosions of radiation and solar material — many of them pointed toward Earth.

Solar material … Read More

On Earth, we’re used to seeing a crescent moon—so much so that we barely pay attention to it. But imagine seeing three crescent moons at the same time. This is what NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured on March 25, 2015.

The rare image shows three of Saturn’s 62 moons: Titan (the largest … Read More

The smooth blue sphere of the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) target chamber bristles with diagnostics—nuclear, optical and X-ray instruments that together provide some 300 channels for experimental data. These diagnostics provide vital information to help NIF scientists understand how well an experiment performed…. Read More

On April 28, 2015, a very large “solar prominence” erupted from the Sun, resulting in these awesome images recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), and ESA/NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Eruptions like this are actually quite common, and often very beautiful. The prominence itself (also sometimes known as … Read More

The surface of Rhea has been sculpted largely by impact cratering, each crater a reminder of a collision sometime in the moon’s history. On more geologically active worlds like Earth, the craters would be erased by erosion, volcanoes or tectonics. But on quieter worlds like Rhea, the craters remain until … Read More


Luxel’s LUXFilm® Polyimide, Aluminum and Palladium filters crashed into the surface of Mercury today at 8,750 mph; the end of a very successful mission.

MESSENGER was launched on August 3, 2004, and it began orbiting Mercury on … Read More

Lab Technician
The Lab Technician’s primary responsibility is to perform vacuum vapor deposition and/or assembly operations using designated equipment. Lab Technicians follow all written and verbal work instructions communicated by the Lab Manager and other staff members. They document each step of production to ensure that every process is traceable. Extreme … Read More

What an amazing video compilation. Luxel is proud to have provided the EUV filters used in most of these clips.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) celebrates its 5th anniversary since it launched on February 11, 2010. This time-lapse video captures one frame every 8 hours starting when data became … Read More

Ten years ago Luxel filters aboard the Huygens probe landed on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon on board the Cassini spacecraft, ESA’s Huygens probe has successfully descended through the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and safely landed on its surface…. Read More

Physics World (, an international monthly magazine published by the Institute of Physics, has named the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) achievement of fuel gain one of its top … Read More

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


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