Chandra :: Photo Album :: PSR B1259-63 :: July 22, 2015

“This trio of images contains evidence from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory that a clump of stellar material has been jettisoned away from a double star system at incredibly high speeds. This system, known as PSR B1259-63/LS 2883 – or B1259 for short – is comprised of two objects in orbit around one another. The first is a star about 30 times as massive as the Sun that has a disk of material swirling around it. The other is a pulsar, an ultra-dense neutron star left behind when an even more massive star underwent a supernova explosion.

Researchers think that the pulsar knocked out the chunk of debris, which spans over a hundred times the size of the Solar System, when it collided with the disk around the massive star while traveling in its elliptical orbit lasting 41 months. (Anartist’s illustration shows the pulsar just after having collided with the disk.) Astronomers came to this conclusion after analyzing three separate Chandra observations taken between December 2011 and February 2014, as labeled in the three images. The bright source in the center of these images is the binary system, while the smaller point-like source to the lower right seen in the second two observations is the clump that has been dislodged.”

Source: Chandra :: Photo Album :: PSR B1259-63 :: July 22, 2015

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                       Welcome back My Dear Shoevians to The Other ShoeWhile doing a little late night, or early morning, searching through NASA/JPL web site I stumbled upon THIS incredible image. Taken by the Chandra X-Ray observatory in space, this image shows a “Chuck of debris” being jettisoned from a “double-star system” at incredibly high speeds. Now, when they say “Chuck of debris” this is actually a sizable amount of debris, as it is One Hundred times the size of our solar system!

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(Actual Image from Chandra)

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The images, above, span a time frame of between December 2011 to February 2014, roughly just over two years. For an object one hundred times the size of our solar system to move that far in a little over two years… that’s gotta be pretty darn close to “Warp speed, Scotty!”

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I have just discovered the wonders discovered by the Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope, so expect a lot more breath-taking images from this source, in the coming months and years. Leave it to me, My Dear Shoevians, to find yet another great source of incredible and awe inspiring images to share with all of you! .

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe
Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe

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