June 30, 2012

Tour of Fastest Moving Pulsar

The fastest moving pulsar may have been found about 30,000 light years from Earth.  This object is known as IGR J1104-6103 and may be racing away from a supernova remnant at about 6 million miles per hour.  If confirmed, this would challenge theorists to create models that explain such super speeds out of supernova explosions.  A trio of telescopes – Chandra, XMM-Newton, and the Parkes radio telescope – was used in this finding.  credit:  NASA

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