Scientists Map Gusty Winds In A Far-off Neutron Star System

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
by Jennifer Chu

The 2D map of this “disk wind” may reveal clues to galaxy formation.
MIT astronomers mapped the “disk winds” associated with the accretion disk around Hercules X-1, a system in which a neutron star is drawing material away from a sun-like star, represented as the teal sphere. The findings may offer clues to how supermassive black holes shape entire galaxies.

Credit: Jose-Luis Olivares, MIT. Based on an image of Hercules X-1 by D. Klochkov, European Space Agency.

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