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HAWC+ Instrument

HAWC+ Instrument

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The High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera-Plus (HAWC+). This is the only currently operating astronomical camera that makes images using far-infrared light, allowing studies of low-temperature early stages of star and planet formation. HAWC+ includes a polarimeter, a device that measures the alignment of incoming light waves. With the polarimeter, HAWC+ can map magnetic fields in star forming regions and in the environment around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

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NASA/SOFIA/USRA/Lisette P. Tanaka
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OBS_0052

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United States

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