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Artist's impression of a neutron star partially devouring a massive clump of matter
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- Title Artist's impression of a neutron star partially devouring a massive clump of matter
- Released 29/06/2011 9:44 am
- Copyright ESA/AOES Medialab
This animated sequence of images illustrates the partial ingestion of a clump of matter by the neutron star hosted in the Supergiant Fast X-Ray Transient, IGR J18410-0535.
The ingestion of the clump material produced a dramatic increase in the X-rays released by the neutron star, which was detected with XMM-Newton. The peak in the X-ray luminosity corresponds to the period when the accretion rate was at its maximum.