A rocket carrying an astronomy observation satellite has been successfully launched from southern Japan.
ASTRO-H is equipped with four telescopes designed to study black holes.
Dubbed an “astronomical observatory in space”, it has the capacity to capture X-rays that otherwise escape detection on Earth.
These rays will then look at what is happening around black holes, which cannot be directly examined optically.
Researchers also expect to retrieve valuable information on other astronomical phenomena — such as the formation of galaxy clusters — which will help further unravel some of the mysteries of the Universe.