Einstein Probe: China launches powerful space X-ray observatory to understand flashes in the night sky

by Ling Xin at scmp.com

China has launched a new-generation X-ray observatory to monitor flashes in the night sky and help advance understanding of tumultuous cosmic events, such as neutron stars collisions and black holes devouring their companion stars.

The Einstein Probe lifted off atop a Long March-2C rocket from southwestern China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Centre at 3.05pm on Tuesday, the National Space Science Centre announced.