Observing schedules

Short Range Observatory Schedule    

This is the confirmed schedule of NuSTAR observations. This sequence of observations has been uploaded to the spacecraft and will execute autonomously unless interrupted by a new schedule, Target of Opportunity, or instrument and spacecraft anomalies. This schedule will cover various time ranges depending on the exposure time goal of the observations, but will usually be for a period of at least one week.

The times reported here are the start and end of the on-target period (day of year UTC). The estimated exposure time takes into account Earth occultation and the SAA passage time where detector background is increased. The end time of the observation is the start of the slew to the next target. Please examine the As-Flown Timeline (AFT) for the log of past observations.

Table Header Explanations obs_start - Observation start time (UTC)
obs_end - Observation end (UTC)
sequenceID - Observation ID
Name - Target name
J2000_RA - J2000 epoch Right Ascension (degrees)
J2000_Dec - J2000 epoch Declination (degrees)
Exp - Approximate exposure time (ksec)
Notes - Observation notes

obs_start obs_end sequenceID Name J2000_RA J2000_Dec Exp Notes
2016:044:01:40:422016:045:04:50:0060111012001UDS_MOS01234.384288-5.228519454.2ELS (1/2)
2016:045:05:15:102016:045:16:40:0060061009002NGC454E18.60379-55.39717126.9BAT AGN
2016:045:17:10:072016:046:05:00:0030101008002IGRJ11215m5952170.445417-59.86166723.7Coordinated with XMM
2016:046:05:55:272016:047:11:30:0090101021002Ton_396138.968340029.556678354.9ToO coordinated with MAGIC
2016:047:12:11:032016:048:15:20:0060111013002UDS_MOS01334.397492-5.095538953.6ELS (1/2)
2016:048:15:20:412016:049:18:30:0060111014001UDS_MOS01434.410537-4.948197253.3ELS (1/2)
2016:049:19:10:092016:050:06:30:0060061086002MCGp11_11_032133.80290264.39610324.7BAT AGN
2016:051:17:35:082016:052:22:25:0060111015002UDS_MOS01534.454092-5.311105653.3ELS (1/2)
2016:052:22:25:442016:054:04:30:0060111016001UDS_MOS01634.457650-5.167588955.4ELS (1/2)
2016:054:05:00:092016:054:16:35:00601608360022MASXJ23470479p5142179356.7701000051.7050000025.8BAT AGN
2016:054:17:00:122016:055:10:40:0080202020004M82_X2148.9625000069.6791700044.6(2/4) DDT Coordinated with Chandra

Long Range Observatory Schedule    

This is the latest NuSTAR long-term schedule. Observations have been sorted into one-week intervals, taking into account Sun, Moon, required exposure time, and other constraints. So the date is the Monday of the week in which the observation is scheduled to begin.

E.g. An observation with a date 2012-12-10 in this table is scheduled to have the observation starting sometime between 2012-12-10 0000Z and 2012-12-17 0000Z.

Currently the schedule is driven by the large number of observations coordinated with other observatories and the need to complete the NuSTAR GO cycle-1 program (N01 in the table, followed by program number). The exposure goal for targets allotted within one week may appear to fill more then the available NuSTAR exposure time in that week (average is 330 ksec per week) but many observations start in one week and complete in the following week.

Targets of opportunity and any instrument or spacecraft anomalies may also cause the observing times of targets to shift. This long-term schedule is our present estimate of the future order of observations. Please be aware of the uncertainties.

Last updated: 2015-06-09

Table Header Explanations DOY week - Day of Year of the Monday of the week the observation is scheduled to start
week_date - Date of the Monday of the week the observation is scheduled to start
obsID - Observation ID number
name - Target name
J2000_RA - J2000 epoch Right Ascension (degrees)
J2000_Dec - J2000 epoch Declination (degrees)
Exp - Approximate exposure time (ksec)
Notes - Observation notes

DOY week week of observation obsID name J2000_RA J2000_Dec Exp Notes
2016:0392016-02-0830202001SgrAstar266.416837-29.00781140Galactic Legacy Survey, Coordinated with Chandra
30101023GX_17p2274.005790-14.03628020N01 01036
30101008IGRJ11215m5952170.445417-59.86166720Coordinated XMM
30161005IGRJ18088m2741272.16588-27.6923135Galactic Legacy Survey
2016:0462016-02-1570102001Abell_52374.7758338.780278200Coordinated with XMM
2016:0532016-02-22301010351E_1547d0m5408237.725460-54.30658080N01 01138
301010274U_1700m37255.986540-37.84414040N01 01092
2016:0602016-02-2940112001GCR_Block_A1266.21355-28.769151100Galactic Legacy Survey, Coordinated with XMM
40112002GCR_Block_A2266.17337-28.797846100Galactic Legacy Survey, Coordinated with XMM
60101012ESO439_G009171.847500-29.25750020Coordinated with XMM
2016:0672016-03-0740110001SN1006_NE_Limb225.920000-41.784690200N01 01022
40110002SN1006_SW_Limb225.479000-42.043890200N01 01022
2016:0742016-03-1470101002Abell_2163243.953000-6.14300115N01 01295
2016:0812016-03-2130102038SGR_1806m20272.163830-20.41097030N01 01166 (5/5)
2016:0952016-04-0430101101Orion_Nebular_Cluster83.8195833-5.390090Coordinated with Chandra
30161004IGRJ17402m3656265.11192-36.9270625Galactic Legacy Survey
2016:1092016-04-1860110001GOODSN_MOS001189.31676062.284876050Extragalactic Legacy Survey
2016:1162016-04-2560110002GOODSN_MOS002189.24502062.247104050Extragalactic Legacy Survey
60110003GOODSN_MOS003189.17186062.207811050Extragalactic Legacy Survey
2016:1792016-06-27100020203C273187.2779202.05250030IACHEC cross-calibration with Chandra, XMM, Swift, INTEGRAL, ASTROSAT, and Astro-H