A Young Pulsar Shows its Hand

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chandra_432a April 3rd, 2009

Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/P.Slane, et al.

At the center of this Chandra image, a pulsar -- only twelve miles in diameter -- is responsible for this X-ray nebula that spans 150 light years. This pulsar is spinning around almost 7 times a second and has a magnetic field at its surface estimated to be 15 trillion times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field. This combination of rapid rotation and ultra-strong magnetic field drives an energetic wind of electrons and ions, ultimately creating the elaborate nebula seen by Chandra.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2009/b1509/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
PSR B1509-58
Subject - Milky Way
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Neutron Star > Pulsar
Nebula > Type > Supernova Remnant

Distance

Universescale1
17,000 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 15h 13m 58.0s
DEC = -59° 7’ 15.4”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
19.7 x 19.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Circinus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Chandra (ACIS) X-ray 1.13 nm
Green Chandra (ACIS) X-ray 530.0 pm
Blue Chandra (ACIS) X-ray 230.0 pm
Spectrum_xray1
Red
Green
Blue
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ID
432a
Subject Category
B.3.1.9.1   B.4.1.4  
Subject Name
PSR B1509-58
Credits
NASA/CXC/SAO/P.Slane, et al.
Release Date
2009-04-03
Lightyears
17,000
Redshift
17,000
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2009/b1509/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra, Chandra, Chandra
Instrument
ACIS, ACIS, ACIS
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
X-ray, X-ray, X-ray
Bandpass
-, -, -
Central Wavelength
1.13, 0.53, 0.23
Start Time
2004-12-28-0000, 2004-12-28-0000, 2004-12-28-0000
Integration Time
187200, 187200, 187200
Dataset ID
-, -, -
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
228.491846004, -59.120934272
Reference Dimension
3601, 3601
Reference Pixel
1801, 1801
Scale
-9.11110000000000e-05, 9.11110000000000e-05
Rotation
0.016350859
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
b1509.tif
Metadata Date
2024-02-02T16:29:31-05:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
17,000 light years

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