Direct extragalactic distance determination using X-ray scattering

B. T. Draine, Nicholas A. Bond

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We examine the feasibility of using dust-scattered X-rays for direct determination of distances to nearby galaxies with bright background AGNs, QSOs, or GRBs. We show how the Chandra X-Ray Observatory could be used to determine the distance to M31 to an unprecedented absolute accuracy of ∼1%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)987-1003
Number of pages17
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 I
StatePublished - Dec 20 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Galaxies: distances and redshifts
  • Galaxies: individual (Large Magellanic Cloud, M31, M81)
  • Scattering
  • X-rays: ISM
  • X-rays: general


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