Upcoming Einstein Probe will use its ‘lobster eye’ to hunt for extreme black holes and star explosions

A new space telescope set to launch in Jan. 2024 will look at the cosmos with a revolutionary “lobster eye,” hunting for X-ray bursts that stem from some of the universe’s most powerful phenomena, including feeding black holes, colliding neutron stars and exploding stars.

Named for none other than Albert Einstein, the Einstein Probe is a joint effort between the European Space Agency (ESA), the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).