Young "suns" shine in X-rays in the Small Magellanic Cloud

Chandra observations of the SMC have resulted in the first detection of X-ray emission from young stars with masses similar to our Sun outside our Milky Way galaxy


NGC 602 color image

NGC 602. Imagen compuesta que incluye datos en óptico, infrarrojo y rayos X.

Composed image from optical, infrared and X-ray. Source: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This is an ideal region to study life cicle of stars. It's an area with low metal content (elements heavier than hydrogen and helium) and lower proportion of gas, dust and stars than others in the Milky Way.


L. M. Oskinova et al. Discovery of X-ray emission from young suns in the Small Magellanic Cloud. The Astrophysical Journal.


Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC)
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