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Name 065478
Title The Secret X-ray Lives of Cepheids: Are Classical Cepheids X-ray Variables?


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-l5aakro
Author Prof Edward Guinan
Description We are now immersed in the middle of a stellar mystery: why (and how) are Classical Cepheids producing X-rays? We propose phase-constrained & better exposed XMM observations in Cycle 9 to solve this mystery, and initiate a leap forward in our understanding of Cepheid atmospheres, pulsations, winds, shocks and internal structures. It is worth noting that: all three Cepheids observed to date by XMM have successfully been detected and, more importantly, our recent XMM results mark the first ever unambiguous X-ray detections of Cepheids. The major aim of this proposal is to obtain deeper XMM observations of two previously observed Cepheids (Polaris & beta Dor) at critical pulsation phases to understand the mechanism(s) by which they produce X-rays.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2010-05-01T09:12:01Z/2010-05-01T19:43:10Z
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 2011-05-21T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2011-05-21T00:00:00Z, 065478, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-l5aakro