Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

NASA spots distant, lonely neutron star

NASA spots distant, lonely neutron star

However, this newly discovered neutron star is unique as it presents a lower magnetic field than usual and, besides, has no companion star. For the first time, astronomers have discovered a particular kind of neutron star that is located outside the Milky Way galaxy. Oxygen-rich supernova remnants like E0102 are important for understanding how massive stars fuse lighter elements into heavier ones before they explode.

A NASA telescope spotted a neutron star located some 200,000 light years from earth.

Astronomers using data from NASA's Chandra x-ray observatory and the European Southern Observatory's very large telescope found this neutron star.

In this case, it's believed the explosion happened some two-thousand years ago.

A neutron star is an amazingly dense space object that is formed when a massive star is collapsing within itself and incurs a supernova explosion.

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Chandra data of E0102 suggests that the supernova remnant is dominated by a large ring-shaped structure in X-rays, associated with the blast wave of the supernova. The MUSE data revealed a smaller ring of gas expanding more slowly than the blast wave. These neutron stars were initially discovered by the British astrophysicist named Jocelyn Bell near about fifty years ago. The lack of extended radio emission indicates that the object is an isolated neutron star with low magnetic fields.

About ten such objects have been detected in the Milky Way galaxy, but this is the first one detected outside our galaxy.

Now, NASA is set to launch a new mission to get insights about neutron stars. Further, NASA added, "The mission will focus especially on pulsars - those neutron stars that appear to wink on and off because their spin sweeps beams of radiation past us, like a cosmic lighthouse".

The new spacecraft of NASA would be reportedly designed with around fifty-six X-ray mirrors aimed at collecting information about the pulsars.

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