NASA has detected a spectacular pulsar moving at high speed. And it’s not just transitioning fast, it’s punching a hole through a stellar disk located close to its companion star. According to NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, a segment of the disk was fired by pulsar in an outer direction with a speed of approximately 4 million miles per hour – waoh! That’s super fascinating for the imagination!
As per reports, a neutron star is a pulsar, which is left behind following a supernova explosion of a larger star.
It seems that the cosmic clump accelerated, on the basis of monitoring efforts of the observatory. As per NASA, Chandra was tracking the clump that seems to be accelerating as it moves out.
So far, the B1259 has been observed for three times through the Chandra observatory. This double star system is located 7,500 light years away from Earth. It has been observed that the average speed of the clump that moves away from the B1259 is nearly 7% of the speed of light, however the speed has increased to 15% between the second and third observations.
According to co-author Jeremy Hare, an astronomer at George Washington University, “This just shows how powerful the wind blasting off a pulsar can be. The pulsar’s wind is so strong that it could ultimately eviscerate the entire disk around its companion star over time”.
A huge star is located in the double star system. It is comparable to the Sun’s size and also a pulsar’s. The pulsar rotates approximately 20 times per second and revolves in an orbit that is elliptical around its companion star.
What exactly is a Supernova?
A supernova is a stellar explosion that briefly outshines an entire galaxy, radiating as much energy as the Sun or any ordinary star is expected to emit over its entire life span, before fading from view over several weeks or months. The below image displays a supernova, as viewed by ALMA: