NASA has shared an impressive photo of a supernova captured by the Chandra X-ray Observatory telescope. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration shared the photo on its Instagram page showing rotating neutron stars, which were discovered in 2016. It shows the properties of a highly magnetized neutron star or magnetar, yet its recapitulated spin period is thousands of times longer than any pulsar. Ever, NASA said in a press release.
The composite image shows a supernova remnant about 9,000 light-years from Earth, in three bands of X-ray light. In this image, the lowest-energy X-rays from Chandra are in red, the middle band is in green, and the highest-energy X-rays are in blue. The bright blue X-ray source in the middle of RCW 103 is 1E 1613, according to the press release.
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“One of the most extreme neutron stars or pulsars – ever discovered in 2016. The Swift Observatory helps detect gamma-ray bursts – large gamma radiation,” NASA says in its Instagram comment. Pulses that form when a massive star collapses into a black hole – using optical light, ultraviolet light, and X-rays.”
She also added: “This composite image shows a supernova remnant, about 9,000 light-years from Earth, in three bands of X-ray light detected by @NASACHandraXRay, with low-energy X-rays in red, medium in green, and upper in blue.”
“Image description: A black empty space like #Midnight is filled with tiny white stars across the image. A swirling maze of colors in blue, green, yellow, purple, and red forms the center of the image surrounding the bright blue neutron star,” NASA wrote.
The photo collected many likes and comments. Social media users were shocked after seeing the photo, one user wrote, “Space Midnight should be a new color.” Another commented, “I see what NASA did there!” The third commented, “This is so beautiful. Our universe can be so cinematic,” the third commented.
Swift’s discovery caught the attention of astronomers because the source showed extreme, extremely fast fluctuations on a millisecond time scale, similar to other known magnetars. These strange objects possess the strongest magnetic fields in the universe – trillions of times those observed on the Sun – and can erupt with massive amounts of energy, NASA said in a statement.