X-ray Telescopes Reveal the "Bones" of a Ghostly Cosmic Hand

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chandra_814 October 30th, 2023

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Stanford Univ./R. Romani et al. (Chandra); NASA/MSFC (IXPE); Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/DECaPS; Image Processing: NASA/CXC/SAO/J. Schmidt

By combining data from Chandra (orange, green, and blue) and IXPE (purple), astronomers are learning more about how a pulsar is injecting particles into space and shaping its environment. The X-ray data have been combined in this image with infrared data from the Dark Energy Camera in Chile (red and blue). Young pulsars can create jets of matter and antimatter moving away from the poles of the pulsar, along with an intense wind, forming a “pulsar wind nebula”. This one, known as MSH 15-52, has a shape resembling a human hand and provides insight into how these objects are formed.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2023/msh1552/

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

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

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
MSH 15-52

Distance

Universescale1
17,000 light years

Position Details

Position
RA = 15h 13m 55.5s
DEC = -59° 8’ 8.8”
Constellation
Circinus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Pseudocolor Chandra (ACIS) X-ray -
Purple IXPE X-ray -
Cyan DECaPS Infrared -
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ID
814
Subject Category
Subject Name
MSH 15-52
Credits
X-ray: NASA/CXC/Stanford Univ./R. Romani et al. (Chandra); NASA/MSFC (IXPE); Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/DECaPS; Image Processing: NASA/CXC/SAO/J. Schmidt
Release Date
2023-10-30
Lightyears
17,000
Redshift
17,000
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2023/msh1552/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra X-ray Observatory, IXPE, DECaPS
Instrument
ACIS, -, -
Color Assignment
Pseudocolor, Purple, Cyan
Band
X-ray, X-ray, Infrared
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
2000-08-14-1331, -, -
Integration Time
330760, -, -
Dataset ID
754, 3833, 3834, 4384, 5534, 5535, 5562, 6116, 6117, 9138
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
228.48133333333334, -59.135777777777776
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
Position
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 Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
814
Metadata Date
2023-12-05
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
17,000 light years

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