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Name 080346
Title A pulsating, possible type Ia supernova progenitor in the Large Magellanic Cloud


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-m1jer0w
Author Mr Georgios Vasilopoulos
Description We request a 50 ks observation of a pulsating (Pvirgul170 s), accreting white dwarf binary located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The system was serendipitously detected off-axis during analysis of an archival XMM-Newton observation (2013) that was severely contaminated by high background. Such objects are thought to be candidates for the progenitors of type Ia supernovae, or may alternatively undergo accretion-induced collapse to form the neutron stars in some millisecond pulsars. The nature of their short period oscillations remains unknown. The on-axis XMM-Newton observation proposed below would deliver a much improved spectrum, allowing precise characterisation of the system.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2017-10-19T03:53:32Z/2017-10-19T19:26:52Z
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 2018-11-13T23:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2018-11-13T23:00:00Z, 080346, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-m1jer0w