Hubble Space Telescope Captures Pulsating Neutron Star At The Heart Of The Crab Nebula

July 8, 2016

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Note: Larger version HERE if you want to try to count all the aliens (I only spotted four and I'm pretty sure one was dead).

This is a photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST if you're close friends) of the pulsating neutron star (the upper right one of the two in the middle) at the heart of the Crab Nebula. Maybe it pulsates because it really is the crab's heart and has to beat to keep it alive! "No." You take everything magical away from me.

The neutron star is incredibly dense, fitting a mass similar to the sun into an area just a few miles across, and it spins 30 times per second.


Hubble's sharp view captures the intricate details of glowing gas, shown in red, that forms a swirling medley of cavities and filaments. Inside this shell is a ghostly blue glow that is radiation given off by electrons spiraling at nearly the speed of light in the powerful magnetic field around the crushed stellar core.

Honestly, with all the awful shit happening here on earth, I'm tempted to just pack up and move to the Crab Nebula. It's only 6,523 light years away. Actually, you know what? I want to move 6,523 light years on the OTHER side of the Crab Nebula. That way it's right in the middle and can act as intergalactic gatekeeper between me and earth. 'GW IS NOT ACCEPTING VISITORS AT THIS TIME, PLEASE RETURN TO EARTH' *pinch pinch pinch*

Thanks to Jeffrey S, who wants to live at the heart of the Lobster Nebula where all the oceans are melted butter. Mmmmm!

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    False colour images make my heart sad.

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