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GRO-J0422-32

FAIL2 

Alternate Names

Nova Persei 1992, XN Persei 92

Type

Stellar mass

Location

In the constellation Perseus

Finder Chart

Distance

8,100 light-years (2,500 parsecs)

Mass

3 to 11 times the mass of the Sun

Size

Diameter roughly 10-40 miles (20-65 km), equal to the size of a large city

Discovery Methods

Image

GRO J0422+32

An artist's concept shows an X-ray nova like GRO J0422+32. The black hole, which is at the center of the disk at right, steals gas from its larger companion. The disk periodically erupts, producing outbursts of X-rays. [ESA]

This document was last modified: January 13, 2011.