PSR B1509-58

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PSR B1509-58
PIA18848-PSRB1509-58-ChandraXRay-WiseIR-20141023.jpg
X-rays from Chandra are gold; Infrared from WISE in red, green and blue/max.
Observation data
Epoch       Equinox
Constellation Circinus
Right ascension 15h 13m 55.52s
Declination −59° 08′ 08.80″
Characteristics
Spectral type Pulsar
Astrometry
Distance 17,000 ly
Database references
SIMBAD data

PSR B1509-58 is a pulsar approximately 17,000 light-years away in the constellation of Circinus discovered by the Einstein X-Ray Observatory in 1982.[1] It is approximately 1700 years old[2] and sits in a nebula that spans about 150 light years.[3] NASA described the star as "a rapidly spinning neutron star which is spewing energy out into the space around it to create complex and intriguing structures, including one that resembles a large cosmic hand."[4] Spin rate is "almost 7 times per second".

X-rays from Chandra are red, green, and blue/max.


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  1. ^ Seward F. D., Harnden Jr F. R., 1982, ApJ, 256, L45
  2. ^ "How Old Is It?". Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 2009-04-03. 
  3. ^ "PSR B1509-58: A Young Pulsar Shows its Hand". Harvard. 2009-04-03. 
  4. ^ "NASA photos show giant cosmic hand". CNN. 2009-04-14. 

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