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Jaw Dropping! Crab Nebula's Powerful Beams Shock Astronomers

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posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 09:40 PM
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Hello, I found this this interesting, so I'm sharing. This is one crab I'd never wanna get close to!


When astronomers detected intense radiation pumping out of the Crab Nebula, one of the most studied objects in space, at higher energies than anyone thought possible, they were nothing short of stunned.


Has anyone ever viewed this? Through a telescope?


A pulsar emits a continuous beam of radiation that sweeps around like a lighthouse, but appears to pulse when it is viewed through ground-based telescopes.


Anyway, heres the link to the Full Story

Enjoy!




posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 09:49 PM
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The contents of the universe never cease to amaze, never. What celestial children we really are, we know so little about this place in which we live.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 09:50 PM
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This is absolutely exquisite> Thanks for finding and sharing this. I am going to spend some time looking around there, just simply stunning.
DH



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 09:52 PM
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It's moments like this that I keep wanting to remind people that there's a reason to be hesitant with preconceived notions...even to the point of theories.


But it's a good find.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 09:56 PM
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Interesting that the artist conception has an object at the heart of the nebula .

For the sci fi movie buff , the fifth element comes to mind .





posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 09:59 PM
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Looks almost like the beam that slammed through the sun... Hmm

Any possibilities?



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:04 PM
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Originally posted by sirhc0329


Has anyone ever viewed this? Through a telescope?


Yah, I have. A Celestron 8" Schmitt - Cassegrain(spelling)
The "Crab" was one of my favorites. It is "local" and easily found.
Isn't the crab a remnant of a Super Nova seen by the Chinese a long time ago?
And that pulsar they say is in there... awesome.
edit: I haven't seen the Pulsar at the heart, just the crab.
edit on 6-10-2011 by intrptr because: correction...



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:10 PM
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It is so beautiful out there and so much to explore. Great trying to be richer than the next guyfind S&F!!! I can't help but think we would more than likely be out there ourselves exploring this stuff up close if we weren't so busy trying trying to kill each other with all these wars and robbing each other so we have more money than the other guy. If we would just come together as humans living on the same planet and focus our imaginations, creativeness, and ambitions towards the stars, I know for a fact we would at least be sending ships with crews out to edge of the solar system and possibly even the galaxy. Nope here we sit still fighting over land, resources, and money. Some day I hope we get over this petty crap. One can wish anyway...lol

Anyway great article! Thanks



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:11 PM
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The gamma-ray beams that were detected from the Crab pulsar exceeded 100 billion electron-volts, stronger than anyone or any theories projected — a million times more energetic than medical X-rays and 100 billion times stronger than visible light, the researchers said.


This appears somewhat misleading and out of context in my opinion.
If everyone on Earth was being hit by a radiation beam of this magnitude we would all be dead instantly. Just a semantics issue.

I wonder if this is one of the "rotationally-powered pulsars" that is only emitting gamma rays?


The Fermi Space Telescope has uncovered a subclass of rotationally-powered pulsars that emit only gamma rays.[17] There have been only about twelve gamma-ray pulsars identified out of about 1800 known pulsars.


wiki link

Also please review this information as well:

"Turbulence, Dynamos, Accretion Disks, Pulsars and Collective Plasma Processes"



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:14 PM
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Originally posted by intrptr

Originally posted by sirhc0329


Has anyone ever viewed this? Through a telescope?


Yah, I have. A Celestron 8" Schmitt - Cassegrain(spelling)
The "Crab" was one of my favorites. It is "local" and easily found.
Isn't the crab a remnant of a Super Nova seen by the Chinese a long time ago?
And that pulsar they say is in there... awesome.


Found an answer to my earlier question while finding a link for you.


At the center of the nebula lies the Crab Pulsar, a neutron star (or spinning ball of neutrons), 28–30 km across,[5] which emits pulses of radiation from gamma rays to radio waves with a spin rate of 30.2 times per second. The nebula was the first astronomical object identified with a historical supernova explosion.



The creation of the Crab Nebula corresponds to the bright SN 1054 supernova that was recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054 AD.


crab nubula wiki



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:16 PM
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Man that is stunning photo. I probably stared at it for 10 minutes thinking, "What the heck ... "

Thanks for pointing that out.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:16 PM
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Originally posted by Kovenov
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Man that is stunning photo. I probably stared at it for 10 minutes thinking, "What the heck ... "

Thanks for pointing that out.


It's an artist's rendition I believe.

Not a real photo. Sorry



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:17 PM
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How do we know this image is even real,visible truth is visible hatred of sorts.

I think we decieve with the answers that we often try to justify with keeping open minds.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:17 PM
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Originally posted by paperface
How do we know this image is even real,visible truth is visible hatred of sorts.

I think we decieve with the answers that we often try to justify with keeping open minds.


It's not real. Read the caption under it.

Artist's rendition.


Evidence can be interpreted in many ways, it is up to each person to determine how they decide to interpret it.

One major weakness that presents itself is that we often fall prey to our assumptions and are misled by our misconceptions. This is why we must realize that an interpretation of evidence is not the ultimate truth, it is merely an assumption of what the evidence may indicate or mean.
edit on 6-10-2011 by muzzleflash because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:25 PM
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Ah, okay. I didn't bother to read the bit underneath the photo about it being an artist's conception. Still, this is an interesting discovery.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:28 PM
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Getting raked continually by a gamma burst doesn't constitute my idea of fun. Its only a matter of time till we end up in one of those beams.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:48 PM
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the construction of that galaxy mimicks so many natural lifeforms/substances that we see here on earth..
i can wait till we work out all this stuff, i want to know the secret behind spiral galaxies!
hopefully i can see this one i need to check the co-ords
look so beautiful cant wait to slip the purple filter on



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 11:04 PM
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I'm glad you all like this. I thought it was pretty amazing to say the least. "More energy than we thought possible"...now thats an interesting breakthrough!



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 11:37 PM
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Buried in the original link there is a slide show of nebulae phots including a Hubble :

www.space.com...

edit: Its 2 0f 50. Looks like water to me. Like looking down on an angry ocean...
edit on 6-10-2011 by intrptr because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 12:12 AM
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Add to this that the pulsating object seems to be right in the area that the heart would be on the image of the warrior many see when looking at pictures of the nebula.




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