Brandt_Circinus X-1oblong_12-2013.jpg

Brandt_Circinus X-1oblong_12-2013.jpg

Brandt_Circinus X-1oblong_12-2013.jpg

Artist's conception of the life of X-ray binary systems and the young and turbulent history of Circinus X-1, which formed in a supernova explosion less than 4,600 years ago, approximately 500 B.C.E., making it the youngest known X-ray binary.

Image: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Licensing and Use