Una estrella de neutrones aislada en la Pequeña Nube de Magallanes

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.
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.

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 del Telescopio Espacial Hubble NASA/ESA y revela las volutas de gas que forman la remanente de supernova 1E 0102.2-7219 en tonos verde. El anillo rojo con el centro oscuro es del instrumento MUSE, instalado en el VLT (Very Large Telescope) de ESO, y las imágenes azules y púrpuras son del Observatorio Chandra de rayos X de la NASA. El punto azul del centro del anillo rojo es una estrella de neutrones aislada con débil campo magnético, la primera identificada fuera de la Vía Láctea.

Crédito:

ESO/NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/F. Vogt et al.
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