PSR B1509-58

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PSR B1509-58
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″
Spectral type Pulsar
Distance17,000 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 appears approximately 1,700 years old,[2] and it 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." Which is also known by name "Hand of God". [4] Spin rate is "almost 7 times per second".

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



  1. ^ Seward, F. D.; Harnden, F. R., Jr. (May 1982). "A new, fast X-ray pulsar in the supernova remnant MSH 15-52". The Astrophysical Journal. 256: L45. Bibcode:1982ApJ...256L..45S. doi:10.1086/183793.
  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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