An international group of scientists has found the fastest moving pulsar has been detected so far. This pulsar has been an observer through the union of images of three different telescopes: the X-ray space observatory NASA’s Chandra and ESA’s XMM-Newton (both in space), and the Parkes radio telescope in Australia.
Experts estimate that the age of the supernova remnant, called MSH 11-61A, is about 15,000 years and is at a distance of 30,000 light years from Earth. Combining these values with the distance to the pulsar, it seems to move at a speed of between 8.7 and 10.5 million miles per hour.
Experts have noted that the shape of the body, similar to that of a comet, it may be a possible reason for reaching these speeds. And, the pulsar has a tail, a length of three light-years could be a pulsar wind nebula, ie, a “wind” of high energy particles produced by the pulsar itself.
For now, the team of scientists continue to research, since the figures are estimates obtained so far and need verification. “If confirmed, explaining the high speeds of the neutron star has a severe challenge to existing models of supernova explosions,” the researchers indicated.