Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

NASA spots distant, lonely neutron star

NASA spots distant, lonely neutron star

The researchers involved in a study lately have discovered a surprising celestial object outside our Milky Way galaxy.

Observed now by scientists, several thousand years after the explosion of the E0102 supernova, the oxygen-rich residues are the traces of the inside part of the dead star.

In accordance with the observations made with the NASA's Chandra X-Ray telescope, the neutron star is encircled by a circle-shaped blast wave, followed by a wave of gases that is traveling slower.

The newly discovered celestial body is nearly similar in size to that of a town and is very dense. It has the size of the city and the incredible density of mass is about 1.4 times larger than the Sun.

"This newly identified neutron star is a rare variety that has both a low magnetic field and no stellar companion", it said.

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"Neutron stars are the ultra-dense cores of massive stars that collapse and undergo a supernova explosion", NASA explained on its website.

Although astronomers have identified ten similar objects in the past, this is the first time that a neutron star outside Milky Way galaxy has been discovered. She probably left after the explosion, which occurred over 2 thousand years ago. Jocelyn Bell, a British astrophysicist, was the first to discover spinning neutron stars about 50 years ago.

The lack of proofs for comprehensive radio emission or pulsed X-ray radiation, typically associated with rapidly rotating highly-magnetised neutron stars, indicates that the astronomers have detected the X-radiation from the hot surface of an isolated neutron star with low magnetic fields.

Now, NASA is set to launch a new mission to get insights about neutron stars.

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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