Watch the lonely star outside the Milky Way Galaxy

Mindy Sparks
June 6, 2018

However, this newly discovered neutron star is unique as it presents a lower magnetic field than usual and, besides, has no companion star.

The recent observation of this special neutron star, dubbed as E0102, will assist astrophysicists in uncovering more details about this surprising space object which has been initially discovered in the '80s. The massive star has evolved from other stars' decomposed shells, which collapsed after undergoing supernova explosions.

Observed now by scientists, several thousand years after the explosion of the E0102 supernova, the oxygen-rich residues are the traces of the inside part of the dead star.

Previously the astronomers have identified near about ten celestial objects of a similar kind. They are formed at the end of a massive star's life when it explodes in a supernova.

Chandra data of E0102 suggests that the supernova remnant is dominated by a large ring-shaped structure in X-rays, associated with the blast wave of the supernova. The combined Chandra and MUSE data imply that this source is an isolated neutron star, created in the supernova explosion about two millennia ago.

The new MUSE data shows a smaller ring of gas that is expanding more slowly than the blast wave. The lack of extended radio emission indicates that the object is an isolated neutron star with low magnetic fields.

An incredible discovery has been made outside of the Milky Way galaxy.

"The agency plans to launch the two-in-one Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer, or NICER, aboard SpaceX CRS-11, a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station to be launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket", NASA said in a statement.

The new spacecraft of NASA would be reportedly designed with around fifty-six X-ray mirrors aimed at collecting information about the pulsars.

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