x-ray astronomy

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x-ray astronomy

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The branch of astronomy that uses observations of emissions in the x-ray part of electromagnetic spectrum to study extraterrestrial sources such as stars, galaxies, and interstellar gas clouds.

X-ray astronomy

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(Astronomy) the branch of astronomy concerned with the detection and measurement of X-rays emitted by certain celestial bodies. As X-rays are absorbed by the atmosphere, satellites and rockets are used

x-ray astronomy

The branch of astronomy dealing with the detection of objects in space by means of the x-rays they emit.
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What explodes, he and others say, is a special type of binary-star system known as a supersoft X-ray source.
The white dwarf in a supersoft X-ray source is so hot (500,000[degrees] to 700,000[degrees] Kelvin) that it emits copious X-rays, albeit of the relatively low-energy, or "soft," variety--hence the name.