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Name 050063
Title Studying the longest pulsar trail


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-bww49zk
Author Dr Oleg Kargaltsev
Description Our Chandra observation of the middle-aged PSR J1509--5850 has revealed a remarkably long, more than 6., trail of X-ray emission behind the pulsar. At a distance of 3 kpc the physical size of this structure exceeds 5 pc, thus being the longest pulsar trail ever seen. Studying this trail provides a unique opportunity to better understand the properties of relativistic pulsar winds and their interaction with the ambient medium. In particular, mapping the surface brightness distribution within the trail and measuring its spatially resolved spectrum will allow us to directly test models of shocked magnetized winds from fast moving pulsars.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2008-01-28T06:46:15Z/2008-03-02T11:06:57Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2009-06-26T00:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2009, 050063, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-bww49zk