A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 084168
Title The clearest view of the outskirts of a galaxy cluster: the Coma cluster


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-g8tehe9
Author Dr Stephen Walker
Description By combining XMM X-ray surface brightness and Planck pressure measurements, it has become possible to measure cluster thermodynamics in the faint cluster outskirts. However the spatial resolution of such studies is limited by Planck.s poor PSF (10 arcmins). Simulations of cluster formation predict that they are highly asymmetric in their outskirts, with large variations in temperature and entropy. The clusters studied at present are too distant to test these simulations. Here we propose to complete the XMM mosaic of the nearby X-ray bright Coma cluster, the most spectacular SZ source in the Planck sky, out to the virial radius with full azimuthal coverage. Combined with the Planck data, this will provide the most complete, highest resolution view of the cluster outskirts ever achieved.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2019-07-07T06:33:10Z/2020-06-12T15:09:33Z
Version 18.02_20200221_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 2021-07-22T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2021-07-22T00:00:00Z, 084168, 18.02_20200221_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-g8tehe9