Vela Pulsar

The Vela Pulsar as a Spirograph

by Nancy Atkinson February 27, 2013

I loved my Spirograph when I was young, and obviously Eric Charles, a physicist with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope team did too. Charles has taken data from Fermi’s Large Area Telescope and turned it into a mesmerizing movie of the Vela Pulsar. It actually is a reflection of the complex motion of the spacecraft […]

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New Movie of a Neutron Star Looks Eerily Like the Phantom of the Opera

by Nancy Atkinson January 8, 2013

This incredible new movie of the Vela pulsar has the unnerving appearance of the Phantom of the Opera – wearing not only a mask, but also a steam-blowing hat like the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz.” What you are seeing here are observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, showing a fast moving jet […]

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