|Title||GSN 069: a recent AGN re-activation or a long-lasting Tidal Disruption Event|
|Author||Dr Giovanni Miniutti|
|Description||We request an XMM-Newton and HST-STIS observation of GSN 069, an ultra-soft, unabsorbed, highly variable X-ray source optically classified as a Seyfert 2 AGN. Its high Eddington ratio (0.5) makes GSN 069 an exceptional high Eddington ratio ..true Seyfert 2 galaxy. candidate. The data so far suggest two possible interpretations: 1) a recent re-activation of the AGN after a period of low activity or quiescence or 2) an unusual (but not unique) long-lived outburst due to a Tidal Disruption Event (TDE). With our joint XMM-HST program we aim at clarifying the nature of this most exceptional source and derive constraints on the formation and evolution of BLR, disc winds, and AGN X-ray coronae in the first scenario, or on the nature of rare sustained TDEs in the second.|
|Publication||No observations found associated with the current proposal|
|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, 2020-01-21T23:00:00Z, 082368, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-gvbrszn|