Space Movie Reveals Shocking Secrets of the Crab Pulsar

Just when it seemed like the summer movie season had ended, two of NASA's Great Observatories have produced their own action movie. Multiple observations made over several months with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope captured the spectacle of matter and antimatter propelled to near the speed of light by the Crab pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star the size of Manhattan.

Credit:

NASA/CXC/ASU/J. Hester et al., HST/ASU/J. Hester et al.

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0224a
Type:Observation
Release date:19 September 2002, 19:00
Size:2400 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Crab Pulsar
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star : Pulsar
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:6000 light years
Constellation:Taurus

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X-ray Chandra
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