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Artist's impression of an X-ray nova
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- Title Artist's impression of an X-ray nova
- Released 27/11/2006 3:38 pm
- Copyright ESA
Artist's representation of an X-ray nova. The compact object on the right - a neutron star or a black hole – ‘swallows’ gas from a companion star. The gas swirls in a disk around the compact object at very high velocity (close to the speed of light) and emits X-rays.