A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 015242
Title Studying X-Ray Emission from a Nearby Isolated Black Hole


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-pk14wfc
Author Dr Thomas Vestrand
Description Straightforward interpretation of the spectacular new microlensing event OGLE-1999-BUL-32 indicates that the lens is either a virgul130 Msun black hole at 500 pc or a virgul30 Msun black hole at 6 kpc. We request 50 ksec EPIC camera observations that will yield a limiting X-ray sensitivity which is more than two orders of magnitude deeper than the best existing limits. If detected, the observations will allow us to distinguish between the two possible lens distances and provide a powerful test of models for accretion onto isolated black holes.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2002-09-21T09:00:15Z/2002-09-21T22:52:35Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2004-02-21T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2004-02-21T00:00:00Z, 015242, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-pk14wfc