It would be rather silly of me to begin with any other work. Not because it is my favourite piece, and not because it has had the most influence over my artistic direction in the last year. 650 more words
टैग्स » Neutron Star
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June 24, 2015
In late 2013, when the neutron star at the heart of one of our galaxy’s oddest supernovae gave off a massive burst of X-rays, the resulting echoes — created when the X-rays bounced off clouds of dust in interstellar space — yielded a surprising new measuring stick for astronomers.
And made this stunning picture
These rings might look like colorful, interstellar rainbows, but for astronomers they’ve helped solve a mystery.
By studying these rings, which were captured using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers were able to determine how far Circinus X-1, a double star system in the plane of our galaxy, is from Earth. 158 more words