Artist's view of an anomalous X-ray pulsar as seen by Integral

Artist's view of an anomalous X-ray pulsar as seen by Integral

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16/03/2006 12:22 pm

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ESA

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This artist's impression shows an anomalous kind of X-ray pulsar as observed by ESA's Integral gamma-ray observatory. Newly detected emissions, known to astronomers as a ‘hard tails’ of high-energy (‘hard’) X-rays and gamma rays, have a distinctive energy signature that forces astronomers to consider that they are produced by super-strong magnetic fields.

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