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Name 060269
Title How fast can an AGN shut down? XMM-Newton observation of IC 2497


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-spbt1ow
Author Dr Kevin Schawinski
Description We propose to observe IC 2497 with XMM-Newton to detect, or rule out, an obscured AGN that might account for the illumination of .Hanny.s Voorwerp. The Voorwerp is a highly ionised cloud of gas extended over 15-25 kpc next to the spiral galaxy IC 2497. There is no source of ionisation within the Voorwerp, implicating a luminous 1E44 erg-s AGN in IC 2497 as the source. Swift XRT observations do not yield a detection, allowing the presence of a highly obscured, sufficiently luminous AGN. With 34 ksec of XMM observations, we could detect an obscured AGN down to 1E42 erg-s. We can thus either locate an obscured AGN, or we can for the first time constrain the shutdown time scale for a powerful AGN, as it drops by a factor of 100 in luminosity in 1E5 years.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2010-04-19T08:25:05Z/2010-04-19T22:01:19Z
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 2011-05-15T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2011, 060269, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-spbt1ow