NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory Spider Pulsars
NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory captured spider pulsars, a group of dead stars, shredding companion stars within their reach. These are basically a special class of millisecond pulsars with winds of energetic particles that stream out and strip away their companion stars.


NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory Spider Pulsars
Using Chandra data, along with the Parkes and MeerKAT radio telescopes, astronomers discovered 18 millisecond pulsars in Omega Centauri, which is located approximately 17,700 light-years from Earth. Of those 18, there were 11 millisecond pulsars emitting X-rays, with 5 of those being spider pulsars concentrated near the center of Omega Centauri.

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NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory Spider Pulsars

Spider pulsars are typically separated from their companions by only about one to 14 times the distance between the Earth and Moon. This close proximity — cosmically speaking — causes the energetic particles from the pulsars to be particularly damaging to their companion stars,” said the team.

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