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Dead Star Circled by Light

5 Apr 2018, 15:00 UTC
Dead Star Circled by Light

ESO/NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/F. Vogt et al.

New images from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other telescopes reveal a rich landscape of stars and glowing clouds of gas in one of our closest neighbouring galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud. The pictures have allowed astronomers to identify an elusive stellar corpse buried among filaments of gas left behind by a 2000-year-old supernova explosion. The MUSE instrument was used to establish where this elusive object is hiding, and existing Chandra X-ray Observatory data confirmed its identity as an isolated neutron star.

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