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Hidden Celestial Gem
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Hidden Celestial Gem

June 10, 2008

ESA's orbiting X-ray observatory XMM-Newton has re-discovered an ignored celestial gem. The object in question is one of the youngest and brightest supernova remnants in the Milky Way, the corpse of a star that exploded around 1000 years ago.

This image shows the young, luminous supernova remnant G350.1-0.3 (to the left) and its neutron star companion (to the right).

Its shape, age and chemical composition will allow astronomers to better understand the violent ways in which stars end their lives.

The image was taken by the spacecraft's European Photon Imaging Cameras (EPIC), in the energy range of 0.5-10 keV.



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