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Astron. Astrophys. 336, L81-L84 (1998)

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Letter to the Editor

BeppoSAX observations of a new X-ray burster in the Galactic Center region, possibly coincident with a recurrent transient

L. Sidoli 1, 2, S. Mereghetti 1, G.L. Israel * 3, G. Cusumano 4, L. Chiappetti 1 and A. Treves 5

1 Istituto di Fisica Cosmica del C.N.R., Via Bassini 15, I-20133 Milano, Italy (e-mail: sidoli;sandro;lucio@ifctr.mi.cnr.it)
2 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Milano, Via Celoria 16, I-20133 Milano, Italy
3 Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Via dell'Osservatorio 2, I-00040 Monteporzio Catone (Roma), Italy (e-mail: israel@coma.mporzio.astro.it)
4 Istituto di Fisica Cosmica ed Applicazioni all'Informatica del C.N.R., Via La Malfa 153, I-90146 Palermo, Italy (e-mail: cusumano@ifcai.pa.cnr.it)
5 Università di Milano, sede di Como, Via Lucini 3, I-22100 Como, Italy (e-mail: treves@astmiu.uni.mi.astro.it)

Received 10 June 1998 / Accepted 3 July 1998


We report BeppoSAX NFI observations of the X-ray source SAX J1747.0-2853 recently discovered in the region of the Galactic Center. The presence of type I X-ray bursts indicates that this source, positionally coincident with the transient GX 0.2-0.2 observed in 1976, is a neutron star accreting from a low mass companion.

Key words: stars: neutron – individual: SAX J1747.0 – 2853 – X-rays: bursts

* Affiliated to I.C.R.A.

© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 1998

Online publication: July 27, 1998