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Release No.: 2011-28
For Release: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 10:00am

Crab Pulsar Dazzles Astronomers with its Gamma-Ray Beams

Crab Nebula

An artist's conception of the pulsar at the center of the Crab Nebula, with a Hubble Space Telescope photo of the nebula in the background. Researchers using the Veritas telescope array have discovered pulses of high-energy gamma rays coming from this object.

David A. Aguilar / NASA / ESA

Crab Nebula

This artist's conception shows the Crab Nebula pulsar, which astronomers discovered to be sending out pulses of gamma rays with energies exceeding 100 billion electron-volts (100 GeV). A pulsar is a spinning neutron star - the collapsed core of a massive star that exploded as a supernova.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)

An artist’s rendering of the VERITAS array detecting gamma-ray pulses from the Crab Nebula.

José Francisco Salgado based on images by M. SubbaRao, S. Criswell, B. Humensky, and J.F. Salgado