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PSR B1509-58 (Pulsar)


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The Hand (PSR B1509-58)
Pulsar (パルサー)

星座 (Constellation)

コンパス座 (Cir) (Circinus)


距離 (Distance)
17,000光年 (17,000 light-years)

PSR B1509-58 is a pulsar located 17,000 light years from the Earth in the constellation Circinus.

PSR B1509-58 (Pulsar) : Picture

PSR B1509-58
A Pulsar's Hand
(C) P. Slane (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA) et al., CXC, NASA
As far as pulsars go, PSR B1509-58 appears young. Light from the supernova explosion that gave birth to it would have first reached Earth some 1,700 years ago. The magnetized, 20 kilometer-diameter neutron star spins 7 times per second, a cosmic dynamo that powers a wind of charged particles. The energetic wind creates the surrounding nebula's X-ray glow in this tantalizing image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Low energy X-rays are in red, medium energies in green, and high energies in blue. The pulsar itself is in the bright central region. Remarkably, the nebula's tantalizing, complicated structure resembles a hand. PSR B1509-58 is about 17,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Circinus. At that distance the Chandra image spans 100 light-years.

PSR B1509-58
A Pulsar's Hand
(C) NASA
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PSR B1509-58 (Pulsar) : Movie

PSR B1509-58 in 60 Seconds
A small dense object is responsible for the remarkably complex and intriguing structures seen in this image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
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