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Distribution of high-mass X-ray binary stars and star-forming complexes

Distribution of high-mass X-ray binary stars and star-forming complexes


Date: 03 March 2013
Satellite: INTEGRAL
Depicts: Distribution of high-mass X-ray binary stars and star-forming complexes in the Milky Way
Copyright: From A. Coleiro and S. Chaty, ApJ 764:185, 2013. Copyright 2013 IOP Publishing

This figure shows the distribution of high-mass X-ray binary stars (blue stars) and star-forming complexes (green circles) superimposed on a model of the Milky Way's spiral arms from Russeil (2003). The red star represents the position of the Sun.

A study of the distribution of high-mass X-ray binary stars, using data from ESA's INTEGRAL space observatory, has shown a strong correlation between the position of the X-ray emitting stars and the complexes of star formation in the Galaxy.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
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