Hinode (was Solar-B) was launched at 6:36 a.m. on September 23, 2006 (Japan Standard Time).

New XPOW: Things Change, Things Stay the Same

New XPOW: Coordination with Parker Solar Probe Encounter 7

New XPOW: M4.4 Class Flare from AR12790

New XPOW: Offical Cycle 25 Horseshoe Region

New XPOW: Summer Solstice Eclipse

New XPOW: Turbulent Times

New XPOW: Glorious days of the Sun with a clover shaped AR

New XPOW: PSTEP Solar Cycle 2009-2019

New XPOW: Coordination with Parker Solar Probe

New XPOW: Post-Christmas Annular Eclipse

New XPOW: The Life and Death of AR 12752

New XPOW: 2020 Hinode XRT Wall Calendar

New XPOW: Solar Activity Belts

New XPOW: Mercury with a Quiet X-ray Sun

New XPOW: A Cycle 25 Active Region Making its Passage

New XPOW: A Transient's a Transient, No Matter How Small

New XPOW: Deep Observation of the Quiet Sun

See the XRT News page for older XRT news items.

The Hinode X-Ray Telescope (XRT) is a high-resolution grazing-incidence telescope, which is a successor to the highly successful Yohkoh Soft X-Ray Telescope (SXT). A primary purpose of the Hinode XRT is to observe the generation, transport, and emergence of solar magnetic fields, as well as the ultimate dissipation of magnetic energy in forms such as flares and pico-flares, coronal heating, and coronal mass ejections. The XRT aboard Hinode observes the dissipation part of the life-cycle story of solar magnetic fields. High-resolution soft X-ray images reveal magnetic field configuration and its evolution, allowing us to observe the energy buildup, storage and release process in the corona for any transient event. One of the unique features of XRT is its wide temperature coverage to see all the coronal features that are not seen with any normal incidence telescope.

The XRT consists of the X-ray and visible light optics, focal plane mechanisms (filters and shutter), and the 2k x 2k CCD camera. The Mission Data Processor (MDP) also plays a vital role for XRT.

The XRT was designed and developed by the Japan-US collaboration between Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), NASA MSFC, JAXA, and NAOJ. The XRT telescope was tested and calibrated at the XRCF at MSFC, and the CCD camera was tested and calibrated in X-rays at the ATC of the NAOJ with JAXA.

If XRT data is used in a published article or report, please give a proper Acknowledgement:

"Hinode is a Japanese mission developed and launched by ISAS/JAXA, with NAOJ as domestic partner and NASA and STFC (UK) as international partners. It is operated by these agencies in co-operation with ESA and the NSC (Norway)."

If an XRT image is displayed in a popular article, on a website, et cetera, then please acknowledge the contributing institutions:


You may find a list of the XRT instrument papers and other important references that should be considered for inclusion in your XRT science paper HERE.

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