NASA has shared an image of a supernova captured by the Chandra X-ray Observatory telescope. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration shared an image on its Instagram page that shows a rotating neutron star, ever detected in 2016. It shows the properties of a neutron star as a large magnet or magnetar, yet its spin period is thousands of times longer than any pulsar. always observed, NASA said in a press release.
The composite image shows the remnants of a supernova that is about 9,000 light-years from Earth in three bands of X-ray light. In this image, the lowest energy X-rays from Chandra are red, the middle arm is green, and the highest energy X-rays are blue. The bright blue X-ray source at the center of RCW 103 is 1E 1613, according to the press release.
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NASA’s Instagram caption reads, “Our Neil Gehrels Fast Observatory telescope and several other X-ray telescopes observed one of the largest neutron stars – or pulsars – ever detected in 2016. Fast observatories help detect gamma-ray bursts – a large gamma ray burst. They form when a massive star collapses, creating a black hole – using optical, ultraviolet, and X-ray light.”
In addition, he added, “This composite image shows supernovae, about 9,000 light-years from Earth, in three bands of X-ray light detected by @NASACHandraXRay, with X-ray energy low in red, medium in green, and high in blue.”
“Image description: Blank black space as #Midnight is dotted with white stars throughout the image. Based on a labyrinth of blue, green, yellow, purple, and red colors, the center of the photo is surrounded by a neutron star in white. blue NASA wrote.
The image has accumulated several likes and comments. Social media users were shocked to see the image as a user wrote, “Media space should be the new color.” Another commented: “I see what you did there NASA!” A third commented, “This is soooo beautiful. Our universe can be so cinematic,” the third commented.
The rapid detection caught the attention of astronomers because the source showed intense and very fast fluctuations on the millisecond time scale, similar to other known magnets. These exotic objects possess the strongest magnetic fields in the Universe—trillions of times those observed in the Sun—and can erupt with enormous amounts of energy, NASA said in a release.
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