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Red giant and neutron star interaction

Date: 05 March 2018
Satellite: INTEGRAL
Copyright: ESA

Artist's impression depicting winds from a red giant star impacting a neutron star to create prolonged X-ray emission. Such a system is rare: no more than ten are currently known. One was detected "switching on" in X-rays in August 2017, by ESA's INTEGRAL satellite.

Last Update: 05 March 2018

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