A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 082368
Title GSN 069: a recent AGN re-activation or a long-lasting Tidal Disruption Event


DOI 10.5270/esa-gvbrszn
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 Nine-hour X-ray quasi-periodic eruptions from a low-mass black hole galactic nucleus . Miniutti, G., Saxton, R. D., et all. . Natur . 573-381 . 2019 . 2019Natur.573..381M ,
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2018-12-24T03:51:53Z/2018-12-24T21:26:53Z
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 2020-01-21T23:00:00Z
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