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Young Pulsar Reveals Clues To Supernova

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September 12, 2001
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NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
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Astronomers examined the remnants of a stellar explosion with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and discovered one of the youngest known pulsars. The properties of this pulsar, a neutron star rotating 15 times a second, will enable scientists to better understand how neutron stars are formed in the seconds just before a supernova explosion, and how they pump energy into the space around them for thousands of years after the explosion.

Astronomers examined the remnants of a stellar explosion with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and discovered one of the youngest known pulsars. The properties of this pulsar, a neutron star rotating 15 times a second, will enable scientists to better understand how neutron stars are formed in the seconds just before a supernova explosion, and how they pump energy into the space around them for thousands of years after the explosion.


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NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center. (2001, September 12). Young Pulsar Reveals Clues To Supernova. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/09/010907081012.htm
NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center. "Young Pulsar Reveals Clues To Supernova." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/09/010907081012.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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