PSR B1509-58

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PSR B1509-58
PSR B1509-58 full.jpg
In this image, the lowest energy X-rays that Chandra detects are red, the medium range is green, and the most energetic ones are colored blue
Observation data
Epoch       Equinox
Constellation Circinus
Right ascension 15h 13m 55.52s
Declination −59° 08′ 08.80″
Spectral type Pulsar
Distance 17,000 ly
Database references

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".


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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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