Pulsar Wind Nebula
This beautiful cloud of gas exploded outward when the star in its center went supernova and turned into a pulsar. The sliced-apple appearance of the expanding cloud is caused by the pulsar pushing the gas outward in bulges.
Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF and NASA/CXC
|Field of View||2.6 x 2 arcminutes|
Categories:Stars Supernova Explosions and Supernova Remnants
Part of Collections:Image of the Week
Have you reviewed our Media Use Policy?