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A Young Pulsar Shows its Hand

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by , 05-04-2010 at 12:23 AM (1066 Views)

A small, dense object only twelve miles in diameter is responsible for this beautiful X-ray nebula that spans 150 light years. At the center of this image made by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is a very young and powerful pulsar, known as PSR B1509-58, or B1509 for short. The pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star which is spewing energy out into the space around it to create complex and intriguing structures, including one that resembles a large cosmic hand. In this image, the lowest energy X-rays that Chandra detects are colored red, the medium range is green, and the most energetic ones are blue. Astronomers think that B1509 is about 1700 years old as measured in Earth's time-frame (referring to when events are observable at Earth) and is located about 17,000 light years away.
We don't really have a space/scientific-oriented forum yet so to the blog it goes. These types of phenomena never cease to amaze me.

The Complete Article Found Here: Chandra :: Photo Album :: PSR B1509-58 :: 3 April 09

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  1. MWisBest's Avatar
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    Wow that's pretty sweet! Nice find.
  2. thatfloorguy's Avatar
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    That is awesome. I have always been intrigued by anything to do with science, astronomy in particulair. I have been trying to save for a really nice telescope, not that I will be able to see that but still.
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    You know that this really happened 1700 years ago. That is what they mean by Earth's time frame. It occurred, then for 1700 years the light from the event traveled through space and was finally visible to us. That is how all of space it. There is a gap between when what we are actually seeing and what is currently happening. Just some food for thought.
  4. oddgriffin's Avatar
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    Yea I love cosmology, those distances have put a new perspective in my mind of how small we really are. I am especially fascinated by the new planet finding techniques that are being used. Image over 200 billion stars, just in our galaxy alone. Gotta be someone else out there, just too far away to ever send and recieve a signal in a timely fashion.