Imagine the Universe!



The video illustrates our current understanding of a bursting pulsar. Observations show the Bursting Pulsar to consist of a neutron star spinning with a rotation period of 0.467 s. This rotation is indicated in the video by light pulsing from the neutron star about twice a second. In addition, bright outbursts of X-rays and gamma-rays (indicated by a bright flash) occur approximately once every hour. In addition, the pulsar orbits around another star (seen in the background in the video) with period of 11.8 days.

Imagine the Universe is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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