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XMM-Newton images the Vela supernova remnant as it slews between targets

Minimum credit line: Image courtesy of Andy Read (University of Leicester), Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik and the ROSAT Mission and ESA. (for details, see Conditions of Use).

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X-ray image of the Vela supernova remnant (SNR); the right panel shows it as seen in the XMM-Newton Slew Survey, and the left panel shows a ROSAT image of the SNR. The Vela SNR extends over a large area (150 times that of the moon), but by combining the images from several slews the SNR's structure starts to become evident. A clear likeness between the structure unveiled when XMM-Newton is slewing between other targets, with a total time of just ~ 30 minutes, and the far longer ROSAT exposures can be seen. Over the last four years the XMM-Newton slew survey has been taking place. The EPIC-pn camera has been left to image the sky as the satellite slews between targets. The survey has now imaged an impressive 25% of the sky. More than 2700 very bright sources and 2000 lower significance sources can be seen. The data is available through the XMM-Newton Science Archive (XSA).

Investigator(s):  XMM-Newton Slew Survey Programme

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