NASA’s Chandra Sees Runaway Pulsar Firing An Extraordinary Jet

a record-breaking jet

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Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ISDC/L.Pavan et al, Radio: CSIRO/ATNF/ATCA OImage Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ISDC/L.Pavan et al, Radio: CSIRO/ATNF/ATCA O

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while spewing out a record-breaking jet – the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy — of high-energy particles.

The pulsar, a type of neutron star, is known as IGR J11014-6103. IGR J11014-6103’s peculiar behavior can likely be traced back to its birth in the collapse and subsequent explosion of a massive star.

Originally discovered with the European Space Agency satellite INTEGRAL, the pulsar is located about 60 light-years away from the center of the supernova remnant SNR MSH 11-61A in the constellation of Carina. Its implied speed is between 2.5 million and 5 million mph, making it one of the fastest pulsars ever observed.

“We’ve never seen an object that moves this fast and also produces a jet,” said Lucia Pavan of the University…

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Watch: Our living, breathing sun

sun is no sleeping giant

Global News

Watch the video above: The sun over the last four years as seen from the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

TORONTO – The sun is no sleeping giant: It is a living, breathing beast where the continual dance of gases and reactions provide the sunlight that brings life to our small oasis.

And we always have eyes on our nearest star.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a telescope in space that keeps a constant eye on our sun, celebrated its four-year anniversary with a captivating video of some of the best sun-shots.

The observatory launched on Feb. 11, 2010.

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Throughout the video the sun’s dance of plasma and gases is captured in 10 different wavelengths. Scientists use these wavelengths to study different structures on the sun, such as solar flares or coronal loops. The loops are streams of solar material that follow the sun’s…

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