Pulsating X-rays allow XMM-Newton to unmask a mysterious star

Last Updated on 03 June 2014

I have a new story published by ESA:

 

"XMM-Newton has revealed a unique star. It is a celestial chimera with the body of a normal massive star yet the magnetic field of a dead, stellar dwarf. This makes it a singular object among the billions of known stars.

 

The race is now on to understand why it behaves in this way because the work hints at an unanticipated link between the deep interior of a star and the surrounding atmosphere. ..."

 

You can read the full article here.


Written on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 00:00 by Stuart Clark

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