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Name 030297
Title Mapping the Distribution of Hot Gas in the Inner Milky Way


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-qiaccx8
Author Dr Steve Snowden
Description We propose to use the XMM-Newton EPIC instrument to map the distribution of hot plasma in the inner region of the Milky Way using the proven method of shadowing observations. By using a large sample of molecular clouds at varying distances and sky positions, the three-dimensional distribution of plasma responsible for the observed 3-4 keV diffuse background in the Galactic plane can be determined. This will provide checks on the evolution of the interstellar medium and constraints on the energy balance and chemical evolution of our Galaxy.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2006-04-11T12:37:00Z/2006-10-06T12:55:44Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2007-11-03T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2007-11-03T00:00:00Z, 030297, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-qiaccx8