Una estrella de neutrones aislada en la Pequeña Nube de Magallanes

Esta fotografía, creada a partir de imágenes de telescopios tanto terrestres como espaciales, cuenta la historia de la persecución de un escurridizo objeto, difícil de encontrar, y oculto en medio de una compleja maraña de filamentos gaseosos en una de nuestras galaxias vecinas más cercana, laPequeña Nube de Magallanes. La imagen rojiza de fondo proviene […]

This new picture created from images from telescopes on the ground and in space tells the story of the hunt for an elusive missing object hidden amid a complex tangle of gaseous filaments in one of our nearest neighbouring galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud. The reddish background image comes from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and reveals the wisps of gas forming the supernova remnant 1E 0102.2-7219 in green. The red ring with a dark centre is from the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the blue and purple images are from the NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The blue spot at the centre of the red ring is an isolated neutron star with a weak magnetic field, the first identified outside the Milky Way.