PSR J0002+6216 was spotted by astronomers traveling through our galaxy like a lone runner at a speed of 2.5 million miles per hour, or nearly four million kilometres an hour.
PSR J0002+6216 has been found to be traveling at 1,130 kilometres per second (700 miles per second), which means that if it were traveling from Earth to the moon, it could get to its destination in less than 6 minutes.
The star was seen as it zoomed away from an expanding cloud of a recent supernova explosion. As it makes its way through the galaxy, it leaves behind a massive cosmic trail after punching through the explosion’s outer shell of debris.
Astronomers have revealed that the tail extends around 13 light-years and is seen pointing back to the supernova centre.
A pulsar is a highly magnetized rotating neutron star that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation. These types of stars have a mind-bending fast spin rate, which causes them to emit jets of electromagnetic radiation as they spin. This pulsar spins 8.7 times a second.
“Thanks to its narrow dart-like tail and a fortuitous viewing angle, we can trace this pulsar straight back to its birthplace,” explained Frank Schinzel, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).
“Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to ‘kick’ neutron stars to such high speed,” Schinzel added.
According to astronomers, the pulsar is located around light-years from the centre of a supernova remnant called CTB 1.
PSR J0002+6216 was found to be traveling through the galaxy five times faster than the average speed of a pulsar.
Astronomers say that PSR J0002+6216 is faster than 99% of Pulsars with measured speeds.
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