|Title||Identifying the TeV Gamma-Ray Source MGRO 1908+06|
|Author||Dr DIRK PANDEL|
|Description||The H.E.S.S. collaboration recently confirmed the Milagro TeV gamma-ray source MGRO 1908+06 and determined its position with sufficient accuracy to allow follow-up observations with XMM-Newton. The unusually hard TeV spectrum and the low X-ray to gamma-ray flux ratio of the source indicate that, unlike most unidentified TeV sources, it is probably not a pulsar wind nebula but may represent a new class of objects. We propose to observe MGRO 1908+06 in order to identify its X-ray counterpart, determine its location with arcsecond precision, and determine whether it is extended or a point source. The accurate source position provided by XMM-Newton will be essential to identify counterparts at other wavelengths and carry out multi-wavelength studies of the source.|
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|Instrument||EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2|
|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.
|Publisher And Registrant||European Space Agency|
|Credit Guidelines||European Space Agency, 2010-04-22T00:00:00Z, 055364, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-e58uhy3|