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XMM-Newton image of star AB Aurigae
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- Title XMM-Newton image of star AB Aurigae
- Released 21/02/2007 5:20 pm
- Copyright M. Guedel/ESA
This picture shows a small extract of one of the X-ray images shot by the EPIC cameras on board ESA's XMM-Newton for the Taurus-Auriga survey project. The bright star on the left is one of many normal, young, solar-like stars in the Taurus-Aurigae star-formation region. It shows bright X-rays from very hot gas. The star to its right is AB Aurigae.
The image has been colour-coded, and the orange colour shows that the gas of AB Aurigae is much cooler than that in the other young stars.