A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 016496
Title High-resolution Spectroscopy of Comets with XMM


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-a9rouj6
Author Dr Bernd Aschenbach
Description GT- After the unexpected discovery of bright X-ray emission from comet C-1996 B2 (Hyakutake), the subsequent X-ray detection of further comets has shown that comets represent a new class of X-ray sources. The capabilities of XMM, in particular its high spectral resolution, will provide powerful diagnostic tools for understanding the X-ray generation mechanism. Pls. note that the exact coordinates are TBD, and as such the target should not yet be scheduled. In the case that a brighter, not yet discovered comet will be observable with XMM, the coordinates, the time of observation, and some instrument settings will have to be adjusted.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2004-05-07T21:32:59Z/2004-05-08T11:06:32Z
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 2005-10-01T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2005-10-01T00:00:00Z, 016496, PPS_NOT_AVAILABLE. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-a9rouj6