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Solving the mysteries of enigmatic binary star system cygnus x-3

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ScienceDaily (Dec. 8, 2009) — Deep in our Galaxy, approximately 30,000 light-years from Earth, a small gravitational monster is sucking matter from a companion star, causing the infalling matter to violently radiate X-rays and occasionally be launched to form radio-wave-emitting jets that emanate close to the speed of light. This enigmatic binary star system, known as Cygnus X-3, has fascinated astronomers over four decades. It is thought to be either a small black hole or a neutron star and an ordinary, albeit massive star orbiting each other. Now, a team of researchers, including TKK's Metsähovi Radio Observatory, have made the first definitive detection of high-energy gamma rays from this system

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