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2003-Jul-08, 10:06 PM
SUMMARY: A new series of images released from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory shows a firehose-like jet of particles streaming off the Vela pulsar. The 13 images were taken over the course of 30 months, and show how the jet bends and whips around as bright blobs of gas move down at half the speed of light. The jet is created by the intense magnetic field around the quickly rotating pulsar, and the variations are likely caused by the strong head wind as the pulsar moves through the surrounding gas.

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2005-Oct-25, 08:31 AM
Has Chandra observed this phenomenon with any other Pulsars since?