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Name 055609
Title XMM-Newton follow-up observation of the nearest tidal disruption event


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-9e588xd
Author Ms Pilar Esquej
Description The galaxy NGC 3599 is the closest and most recent candidate for the tidal disruption of a star by a supermassive black hole. It was discovered to be very soft in the XMM-Newton Slew Survey and follow-up observations have shown the spectrum hardening while the light curve decays with a t ^{-5-3} law. We propose to observe NGC 3599 with the XMM-Newton EPIC cameras for 40 ks, taking advantage of their excellent throughput and good spectral resolution, to further quantify the spectral evolution of the source and achieve a high significance point on the light curve.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2008-12-02T11:27:05Z/2008-12-02T23:34:03Z
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 2010-01-08T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2010-01-08T00:00:00Z, 055609, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-9e588xd