All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘XMM-Newton’

Oscillating X-ray/Radio Millsecond Pulsar Spotted

Astronomers today announced that they have found a “missing link” for pulsar research. A pulsar has been found to oscillate between emitting radio waves and X-rays while spinning extremely fast. Pulsars, which are the remnants of dead stars (neutron stars) that were not massive enough to become black holes, are generally classified by the type of electromagnetic emissions they create. …

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Super-Strong Magnetic Field Found Around Magnetar

Astronomers this week revealed that one of the strongest magnetic fields ever observed has been spotted around a neutron star. The object, dubbed SGR 0418, is also a magnetar – a subset of neutron stars that have strong magnetic fields. Neutron stars are what is left of stars that burn up their fuel and undergo supernova but do not become …

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NASA Measures Fast-Spinning, Supermassive Black Hole

NASA today revealed that it has teamed up with the European Space Agency (ESA) to, for the first time, measure the spin rate of a supermassive black hole. Using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the ESA’s XMM-Newton, astronomers were able to observe the black hole that lies at the center of the galaxy NGC 1365. The object was …

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