A jellyfish in space? - See pic

A jellyfish in space? - See pic
Pic credit: Wide Field Optical: Focal Pointe Observatory/B.Franke, Inset X-ray: NASA/CXC/MSFC/D.Swartz et al, Inset Optical: DSS, SARA

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have stumbled upon a little colourful jellyfish nebula - an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionised gases.

This colourful nebula officially named as IC 443, is the remnant of a supernova lying 5,000 light years from Earth. It is located in the constellation Gemini, at an approximate distance of 5,000 light years from Earth.

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According to NASA, new observations by Chandra X-ray Observatory show that the explosion that created the Jellyfish Nebula may have also formed a peculiar object located on the southern edge of the remnant, called CXOU J061705.3+222127, or J0617 for short. The object is likely a rapidly spinning neutron star, or pulsar.

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Here is a look at the incredible image:


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