Pulsars, superdense neutron stars, are perhaps the most extraordinary physics laboratories in the Universe. Research on these extreme and exotic objects already has produced two Nobel Prizes. - (Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF)
Astronomers have found evidence for what is likely one of the most extreme pulsars, or rotating neutron stars, ever detected. The source exhibits properties of a highly magnetized neutron star, or magnetar, yet its deduced spin period is thousands of times longer than any pulsar ever observed. For decades, astronomers have known there is a dense, compact source at the center these remains of a supernova explosion located about 9,000 light years from Earth. Image credit: X-ray…
NASA Hubble 5) Crab Nebula This supernova remnant contains a strong pulsar wind nebula that is not visible to the naked eye but it can be viewed by using binoculars on a clear night. The pulsar situated at the center of the nebula is the celestial object that remains after the supernova, spinning at a rate of around 30 times per second.
G292.0+1.8 : Supernova Remnant - Exploding about 1,600 years ago, this supernova remnant is around 20,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Centaurus. It has a rapidly spinning star near its center, PSR J1124-5916, or pulsar. In this composite : blue / silicon & sulfur, green / magnesium & white, yellow and orange / oxygen