MISSION NEWS AS OF TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2018
+ XMM-NEWTON SPIES FIRST CLEAR X-RAY FLARES FROM MASSIVE STELLAR LIGHTHOUSE
In 2014, ESA's XMM-Newton spotted X-rays emanating from the massive star Rho Ophiuchi A and, last year, found these to ebb and flow periodically in the form of intense flares â both unexpected results. The team has now used ESO's Very Large Telescope to find that the star boasts a strong magnetic field, confirming its status as a cosmic lighthouse.
Read more: http://sci.esa.int/jump.cfm?oid=60004
+ CHASING A STELLAR FLASH WITH ASSISTANCE FROM GAIA
Last year, ESA's Gaia mission helped astronomers make unique observations of Neptune's largest moon, Triton, as it passed in front of a distant star. This is a preview of the superb quality and versatility of the Gaia data that will be released in April.
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