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INTEGRAL helps unravel the tumultuous recent history of the solar neighbourhood

26/11/2010

INTEGRAL helps unravel the tumultuous recent history of the solar neighbourhood

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • Just like archaeologists, who rely on radioactive carbon to date the organic remains from past epochs, astronomers have exploited the radioactive decay of an isotope of aluminium to estimate the age of stars in the nearby Scorpius-Centaurus association, the closest group of young and massive stars to the Sun. The new observations, performed in gamma rays by ESA's INTEGRAL observatory, provide evidence for recent ejections of matter from massive stars that took place only a few million years ago in our cosmic neighbourhood.
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