eROSITA’s new X-ray map of the Universe

This really is a brilliant time to be an X-ray astronomer. Launched on 13th July 2019 on board the SRG spacecraft, the eROSITA X-ray telescope has completed its first full sweep of the sky, mapping more than a million energetic objects and so roughly doubling the number of known X-ray sources discovered since the dawn of X-ray astronomy some 60 years ago. Most of the new sources are AGNs at cosmological distances but also included are our own galaxy’s complement of relatively smaller accreting stellar remnants.  Read the full press release here.

Credit: Jeremy Sanders, Hermann Brunner and the eSASS team (MPE); Eugene Churazov, Marat Gilfanov (on behalf of IKI)

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