Scorpius X-1

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Description

This is a frame from a "movie" of the binary-star system Scorpius X-1, more than 9,000 light-years from Earth. Made using a world-wide collection of radio telescopes, this movie covers 56 hours during June of 1999. In the movie, the numbers along the edges of the frame are distances in billions of miles. The zero point is the location of the binary-star system containing a superdense neutron star and a "normal" star about the size of the Sun. The original images were made about 50 minutes apart, and additional images were generated by interpolation to produce a movie of 231 frames.
The observations consist of seven consecutive 8hr VLBI observations cycling among three different arrays: the VLBA with the VLA; the APT (Asia-Pacific Telescope: Australian Telescope Compact Array, Ceduna, Hartebeesthoek, Kashima, Mopra, Parkes and Shanghai); and the EVN (European VLBI Network: Effelsberg, Jodrell Bank, Medicina, Noto, Westerbork, plus Hartebeesthoek and the Green Bank 140ft).

Creator

Legacy Astronomical Images

Rights

NRAO/AUI/NSF does not hold full copyright for this image. Contact the archivist for details.

Type

Legacy Astronomical Image

Object Name

Sco X-1

Investigators

Ed Fomalont, Barry Geldzahler, Charles Bradshaw

Telescope

Very Large Array (VLA)
Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA)
140 Foot Telescope
EVN
HartRAO
ATCA
Parkes
Mopra
Hobart
Ceduna
Shanghai
Kashima

Observation Date

1999-06-13

Type of Observation

continuum

Center of Image

RA 16:19:55.100, Dec: -15:38:25.000 (J2000)

Field of View

0.000017 x 0.000006 degrees

Series

Galactic Sources Series

Unit

Black Holes Unit

Citation

Legacy Astronomical Images, “Scorpius X-1,” NRAO Archives, accessed December 3, 2021, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/33420.