October 22, 2018

A new study of the youngest pulsar discovered in the Milky Way

An article published in the journal “The Astrophysical Journal” describes the study of a pulsar cataloged as PSR J1846-0258 found among the remnants of a supernova called Kes 75. A team of researchers used information collected with NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory between 2000 and 2016 to study the pulsar’s characteristics. They confirmed that it’s the youngest discovered in the Milky Way and could help to better understand that kind of objects, also because they discovered a pulsar wind nebula, a cloud of gas around it created thanks to a very elevated rotation and magnetic field.