NASA’s picture of a pulsar

NASA on Tuesday shared a stunning picture of a pulsar, prompting a wide range of reactions online. The picture, which was shared on the Instagram account of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory,. The image features the spinning, ultra-dense star known as SXP 1062.

SXP 1062 is a young pulsar in the remains of a supernova located in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), a small satellite galaxy to the Milky Way.

According to a blog post by NASA, SXP 1062 is the bright white source on the right side of the image located in the middle of blue and red emissions.

NASA says that the SXP 106 interests astronomers for its unusually slow rotation, in contrast to other pulsars, which are found to revolve multiple times per second.

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