Pulsar’s Hand: ‘The Hand of God’
Image Credit: P. Slane (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA) et al., CXC, NASA; Image Processing: Rogelio Bernal Andreo
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.[**]
Nomadic Dreams by Brad Goldpaint
The Milky Way over Banner Peak deep within the High Sierra Nevada Range. Even above 10,000 feet, light pollution shines brightly from the city of Fresno over 70 miles away.
I can’t deny I miss the stars.
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