Amazing video of pulsar spinning and jetting out X-ray particles [VIDEO]

// January 18th, 2013 // Astronomy and Space News

 Vela pulsar, a neutron star that was formed when a massive star collapsed

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has captured a movie of a collapsed star that’s spinning faster than a helicopter rotor and unleashing ultra-fast particles that move at 70 percent of the speed of light. The video gives us a spell-bounding view of the ultra-dense star, named Vela (or PSR B0833-45 or PSR J0835-4510),  which is just 12 miles (19 kilometers) wide and located about 1,000 light-years from Earth. Vela spews out a jet of charged particles along its rotation axis as it spins at a rate of more than 11 times each second (faster than a helicopter rotor).

 

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