x-ray star


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x-ray star

[′eks ‚rā ‚stär]
(astrophysics)
A source of x-rays from outside the solar system; examples are the point x-ray sources Scorpius X-1, Cygnus X-2, and the Crab x-ray source.
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But a whole new set of X-ray stars burned with unexpected power.
But a few pulsing X-ray stars remained mysterious, seemingly powered by neither rotation nor gravitational accretion.
Dr Goodall added: "The performance of the mirrors is such that, within an area on the sky half a degree across, it would be able to see about 100,000 separate X-ray stars if such a large density of stars actually existed."
Binaries with white-dwarf accretors, including novae and their cousins, are also among the fainter X-ray stars.