An international collaboration of scientists has detected the highest energy gamma rays ever observed from a pulsar, a highly magnetized and rapidly spinning neutron star. The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System experiment measured gamma rays coming from the Crab Pulsar at such large energies that they cannot be explained by the current scientific models of how pulsars behave.
The VERITAS array of telescopes has detected pulsed gamma rays from the pulsar at the heart of the Crab Nebula that have energies far higher than the common theoretical models can explain. The finding is one of the most exciting in ... Read Post
The pulsar at the center of the famous Crab Nebula is a veritable bundle of energy. Astronomers observed the pulsar in the area of very high energy gamma radiation from 25 up to 400 gigaelectronvolts (GeV), a region that was previou... Read Post
Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars, with magnetic fields that accelerate particles as they rotate. These particles then emit radiation as they lose energy, creating the bright periodic flashes that characterize a pulsar. The... Read Post