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Artist's impression of a pulsar 'eating' a companion star
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- Title Artist's impression of a pulsar 'eating' a companion star
- Released 31/08/2005 12:43 pm
- Copyright NASA/Dana Berry
This is an artist's impression of a spinning neutron star (pulsar) approximately 20 kilometres in diameter, accreting material from a companion star. The strong gravity from the dense pulsar attracts material from the companion. The flow of gas from the companion to the pulsar is energetic and glows in X-ray light.