The Mouse That Soared

Chandra_232_1024

chandra_232 September 23rd, 2004

Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/B.Gaensler et al. Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA

This image, a composite X-ray (gold) and radio (blue), shows a close-up of the head of the Mouse where a shock wave has formed as a young pulsar plows through interstellar space. Pulsars are rapidly spinning, highly magnetized, neutron stars left behind after the explosion of a massive star. Winds of high-energy particles from pulsars create large, magnetized clouds of high-energy particles called pulsar wind nebulas. In the case of the Mouse, the pulsar-wind nebula is swept back by the rapidly moving pulsar's interaction with the interstellar gas. Near the front of the nebula an intense X-ray source marks the location of the pulsar, estimated to be moving through space at about 1.3 million miles per hour.

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/mouse/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

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Image Details

Image Type
Collage
Object Name
Mouse
Subject - Milky Way
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Neutron Star > Pulsar

Distance

Universescale1
16,000 light years

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 17h 47m 13.6s
DEC = -29° 57’ 59.9”
Constellation
Sagittarius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_yellow Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Arrow_left_blue NRAO (VLA) Radio (L-Band (20cm)) 200.0 mm
Spectrum_xray2
Arrow_top_yellow
Arrow_top_blue
Chandra_232_1280
×
ID
232
Subject Category
B.3.1.9.1  
Subject Name
Mouse
Credits
NASA/CXC/SAO/B.Gaensler et al. Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA
Release Date
2004-09-23
Lightyears
16,000
Redshift
16,000
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2004/mouse/
Type
Collage
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra, NRAO
Instrument
ACIS, VLA
Color Assignment
Yellow, Blue
Band
X-ray, Radio
Bandpass
X-ray, L-Band (20cm)
Central Wavelength
0.8267, 2e8
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
2834, -
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
266.8066788, -29.9666372
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
mouse_xray_radio.tif
Metadata Date
2012-07-26T14:31:33-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
16,000 light years