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  • 9 January 2013, 11:48

Nasa Reveals Neutron Star Effects

Nasa has released a film showing a spectacular light show made by a fast-moving jet of particles from a rapidly rotating neutron star.

The film may provide new insight into the nature of some of the densest matter in the universe, Nasa says.

The images were captured by space telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The star of the film, it explains, is the Vela pulsar, a neutron star that was formed when a massive star collapsed.

The Vela pulsar is about 1,000 light years from Earth.

Its span is around 12 miles in diameter and it makes more than 11 complete rotations every second.

That makes its spin faster than a helicopter's rotor blades.

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