NASA’s NICER Delivers Best-ever Pulsar Measurements, 1st Surface Map

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:20 in Astronomy & Space

Portal origin URL: NASA’s NICER Delivers Best-ever Pulsar Measurements, 1st Surface MapPortal origin nid: 456570Published: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 11:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: ​Astrophysicists are redrawing the textbook image of pulsars (the dense, whirling remains of exploded stars) thanks to NICER, an X-ray telescope aboard the International Space Station. NICER data has provided the first precise and dependable measurements of both a pulsar’s size and its mass, and the first-ever map of hot spots on its surface.Portal image: animation showing simulation of pulsar with a possible quadripole magnetic fieldScience Categories: Universe

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