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XMM-Newton's view on the old pulsar PSR B1929+10 and its X-ray trail

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Minimum credit line: Image courtesy of Werner Becker / Max-Planck Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik and ESA. (for details, see Conditions of Use).

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The faint pulsar PSR B1929+10 captured by the unrivaled sensitivity of ESA’s XMM-Newton orbiting X-ray observatory. It is speeding through space in the direction of the arrow at a speed of 177 kilometres per second. At this speed, the pulsar leaves a trail of X-ray emitting electron plasma stretching across space.

Investigator(s):  Becker, Werner; Kramer, Michael; Jessner, Axel; Taam, Ronald E.; Jia, Jian J.; Cheng, Kwong S.; Mignani, Roberto; Pellizzoni, Alberto; de Luca, Andrea; Slowikowska, Agnieszka; Caraveo, Patrizia A.

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