March 6, 2018

Artist's concept of binary system with a red giant and a neutron star stealing its materials (Image NASA/Dana Berry)

An article accepted for publication in the journal “Astronomy & Astrophysics” describes the discovery of a binary system in which one of its two stars emitted an X-ray flare because it’s a neutron star that steals materials from its companion, a red giant. A team of researchers used observations of various telescopes to study the event indicated as IGR J17329-2731 and defined it the birth of a symbiotic X-ray binary.