Time Sequence of Crab Pulsar

In this image, the continuous lines in the top and bottom half are produced by normal stars of constant brightness, while the series of dots represents the individual pulses of the Crab pulsar, one every 33 milliseconds (i.e. the neutron star rotates around its axis 30 times per second). It is also obvious that these dots are alternatively brighter and fainter: they mirror the double-peaked profile of the light pulses.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso9948h
Type:Observation
Release date:17 November 1999
Related releases:eso9948
Size:707 x 474 px

About the Object

Name:Crab Pulsar
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star : Pulsar
• X - Stars
Distance:6000 light years

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