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NuSTAR Helps Unravel The Mystery Of How A Dead Star Can

NuSTAR Helps Unravel The Mystery Of How A Dead Star Can Power Intense Gamma Rays

Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Our Milky Way galaxy is littered with the still-sizzling remains of exploded stars. When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don't fade into the night, but sometimes glow ferociously...

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NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Sees A 'Transformer' Pulsar
2014-07-23 03:29:42

[ Watch The Video: Fermi Catches A ‘Transformer’ Pulsar ] NASA In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the same time the system brightened fivefold in gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, according to measurements by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. "It's almost as if someone flipped a switch, morphing the...

Aricebo Observatory Picks Up Mysterious Radio Burst From Beyond The Milky Way
2014-07-11 13:19:30

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Over the last few years the Parkes radio telescope in Australia has detected a handful of short radio bursts emanating from deep space. This was an amazing discovery, except for the fact that no other radio facilities had seen such pulses, leading some to suggest that the instrument was detecting terrestrial signals. But now, the Arecibo radio telescope has made a similar detection that has the astronomical community talking....

Astronomers May Have Found Coldest, Faintest White Dwarf Ever
2014-06-23 14:57:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using data from three different telescopes, a large international team of astronomers has identified what could be the coldest, faintest while dwarf ever, according to a new report in the Astrophysical Journal. The report said the temperature of the stellar vestige is so low, the carbon it contains has probably undergone crystallization, a process that results in the formation of a diamond here on Earth. “It’s a really...

magnetar surrounded by magnetic field lines
2014-05-07 11:54:39

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Neutron stars – also called pulsars for the way they send pulses of light across the Universe due to their high spin rates – are some of the most dynamic objects in the Universe, characterized by incredibly compact dimensions, focused beams of radiation, and incredible surface gravity. Additionally, these rapid rotators possess the strongest magnetic fields known to man – billions of times more powerful than anything ever...

interstellar medium solves pulsar mystery
2014-05-07 04:48:07

[ Watch the Video: Radio Wave Emission From A Pulsar ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When a massive star, typically around 10 times the mass of our Sun, reaches the end of its main-sequence life, a series of events begins that eventually leads to a brilliant supernova. The shockwave from the event ejects most of the material into the surrounding interstellar medium, leaving a brilliant blanket of glowing gas that hangs in the sky for thousands of years....

2014-03-13 23:29:34

Vantage Pulsar Connector provides a link between Telestream Vantage file-based workflows and existing Pulsar file-based QC installations. Burbank, CA (PRWEB) March 13, 2014 Venera Technologies is pleased to announce availability of Pulsar Connector, a Vantage component from Telestream that provides easy access to Pulsar file-based QC capabilities from within Vantage file-based workflow environments. Users simply insert the Pulsar Connector component directly into a Vantage workflow for...

Spidery Pulsars Consume Their Mates With A Deadly Embrace
2014-02-21 14:19:40

[ Watch The Video: A Black Widow Pulsar Consumes its Mate ] Francis Reddy, NASA Black widow spiders and their Australian cousins, known as redbacks, are notorious for their tainted love, expressed as an unsettling tendency to kill and devour their male partners. Astronomers have noted similar behavior among two rare breeds of binary system that contain rapidly spinning neutron stars, also known as pulsars. "The essential features of black widow and redback binaries are that...

Billion Ton Asteroid Smashes Into Tiny Star In Puppis Constellation
2014-02-20 13:05:00

[ Watch the Video: Fight Between Tiny Star And Giant Asteroid ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have found evidence that a tiny star 37,000 light-years away from Earth is being bombarded by asteroids. Scientists say PSR J0738-4042, a star located in the constellation of Puppis, has been hit with an asteroid that had a mass of about a billion tons. The team used CSIRO's Parkes Observatory telescope and another telescope in South Africa to make the...

2014-02-18 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) 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...

Gravity Clues From Stellar Triple System
2014-01-06 03:39:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The discovery of a superdense neutron star in a stellar triple system has made it possible for researchers to collect the best measurements to date of the complex gravitational interactions present in these types of systems, according to a new study in Nature. Using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the study authors were able to locate the pulsar along with two white dwarf stars in a compact area...


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2004-10-19 04:45:43

X-ray Pulsar -- This dramatic artist's vision shows a city-sized neutron star centered in a disk of hot plasma drawn from its enfeebled red companion star. Ravenously accreting material from the disk, the neutron star spins faster and faster emitting powerful particle beams and pulses of X-rays as it rotates 400 times a second. Could such a bizarre and inhospitable star system really exist in our Universe? Based on data from the orbiting Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite,...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Pulsar -- A pulsar, which originally stood for pulsating radio source, is a rapidly rotating neutron star, whose electromagnetic radiation is observed in regularly spaced interval, or pulses. Pulsars are closely related to magnetars, the main difference being the strenght of the object's magnetic field. History Pulsars were discovered by Jocelyn Bell and Antony Hewish in 1967 while they were using a radio array to study the scintillation of quasars. They found a very regular...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Magnetar -- A magnetar is a neutron star with a strong magnetic field. The theory around these objects was formulated by Robert Duncan and Christopher Thompson. When in a supernova a star collapses to a neutron star, its magnetic field increases dramatically in strength. Duncan and Thompson calculated that the magnetic field of a neutron star, normally an already enormous 1012 tesla could under certain circumstances grow even larger, to about 1015 tesla. Such a highly magnetic neutron...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Crab Nebula -- The Crab Nebula (Messier 1, NGC 1952) is the object the which started Charles Messier logging non-cometary objects on his Messier Catalog. It is the expanding cloud of gas thrown off in the explosion that gave rise to the 1054 supernova recorded by Chinese astronomers, now more than 6 light years across (the nebula is currently expanding at 1000 km/sec and the total mass of ejected material is about 0.1 solar masses). The supernova which produced it was bright enough to...

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