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Name 060118
Title Is Calvera riding against the Magnificent Seven


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-4qc7poh
Author Dr Silvia Zane
Description Recent Chandra, Swift and Gemini observations of 1RXS J141256.0+792204 suggest that it is a new Isolated Neutron Star (INS). However, the INS nature of this source, dubbed Calvera, relies only on its large X-ray-to-optical flux ratio. An identification with an X-ray dim INS or a magnetar seems unlikely while that with a Compact Central Object or an old solitary ms-pulsar appears more plausible. Here we propose a 28 ks observation to obtain the first high-quality X-ray spectrum of Calvera and to perform an accurate timing analysis. The new X-ray data will clarify whether Calvera is an ordinary member of one of the already known INS classes or, more intriguing, if it is one of the long sought missing links required to unify the different INS classes in a common scenario.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2009-08-31T07:07:52Z/2009-10-10T12:26:09Z
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 2010-10-28T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2010-10-28T00:00:00Z, 060118, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-4qc7poh