Sunday, May 02, 2010
A Ghostly Hand
PSR B1509-58, a 20 kilometer wide pulsar spinning 7 revolutions/sec. powers this false color image that spreads across almost 100 light years. It is 17,000 light years away and is really the remnant of a supernova explosion. The pulsar is in the blue white area just below the palm. Blue is high energy, green is low, and red is X-ray radiation.