Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Stellar Remnant Is First to Be Discovered Outside of Our Galaxy



 Astronomers peering into the constellation Tucana using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile have discovered the remnant of a stellar explosion hidden amid the colourful clouds of the Small Magellanic Cloud. This marks the first time a supernova remnant was discovered outside of the Milky Way.
 This stellar remnant holds significance as it may be the source of 'p1', a source of X-ray waves whose location has been unknown to scientists for years. Through an instrument called MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) on the Very Large Telescope, the team discovered that the cosmic ring completely encircled p1. As the team discovered that the neutron star at the centre of the remnant and p1 were the same objects, they compared their findings with X-ray data collected by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory on this region to confirm their discovery.







"This is the first object of its kind to be confirmed beyond the Milky Way, made possible using MUSE as a guidance tool," Liz Bartlett, an ESO fellow and a co-author of a new study describing the findings, said in the image description. "We think that this could open up new channels of discovery and study for these elusive stellar remains."

Read more about this fascinating story at: https://www.space.com/40241-neutron-star-colorful-galaxy-clouds-discovery.html
Or read the full study at: http://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1810/eso1810a.pdf

Image Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage team (STScI/AURA); ESO/NASA


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