RX J0806.4-4123

RX J0806.4-4123

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News release ID: STScI-2018-43
Release Date: Sep 17, 2018
Image Use: Copyright
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Hubble Sees an Unusual Neutron Star

This is a Hubble Space Telescope near-infrared-light image of the neutron star RX J0806.4-4123. Hubble detected an unusual excess of infrared radiation that might be evidence for a disk around the stellar remnant. Or it could be from a “wind” of charged particles streaming off the neutron star and slamming into gas in the interstellar medium the neutron star is plowing through.

Neutron Stars, Pulsars


NASA, ESA, and B. Posselt (Pennsylvania State University)