X-ray view of the surroundings of a hidden neutron star in the Small Magellanic Cloud

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eso_eso1810d April 5th, 2018

Credit: ESO/NASA

This archival image from the NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory shows how an elusive missing object was found amid a complex tangle of gaseous filaments in one of our nearest neighbouring galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud. The supernova remnant 1E 0102.2-7219 shows up dramatically, but when combined with MUSE data, the blue dot just below centre proves to be an isolated neutron star with a weak magnetic field, the first identified outside the Milky Way.

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1810d/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
1E 0102.2-7219
Subject - Local Universe
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Neutron Star
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 1h 4m 2.1s
DEC = -72° 1’ 53.9”
Orientation
North is 0.3° CCW
Field of View
1.2 x 1.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Tucana

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Chandra X-ray Observatory (ACIS) X-ray (2.0-7.0 keV) 398.0 pm
Arrow_left_green Chandra X-ray Observatory (ACIS) X-ray (1.2-2.0 keV) 826.0 pm
Arrow_left_red Chandra X-ray Observatory (ACIS) X-ray (0.5-1.2 keV) 1.75 nm
Spectrum_xray1
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
eso1810d
Subject Category
C.3.1.9  
Subject Name
1E 0102.2-7219
Credits
ESO/NASA
Release Date
2018-04-05T17:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1810d/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra X-ray Observatory, Chandra X-ray Observatory, Chandra X-ray Observatory
Instrument
ACIS, ACIS, ACIS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
X-ray, X-ray, X-ray
Bandpass
2.0-7.0 keV, 1.2-2.0 keV, 0.5-1.2 keV
Central Wavelength
0.398, 0.826, 1.75
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
16.0085907123, -72.0316448836
Reference Dimension
900.0, 906.0
Reference Pixel
450.0, 453.0
Scale
-2.181258446e-05, 2.181258446e-05
Rotation
0.33999999999999758
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso1810d
Metadata Date
2018-04-03T11:24:11+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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There is no distance meta data in this image.