Tiny and dying but still-powerful stars called pulsars spin like crazy and light up their surroundings, often with ghostly glows. So it is with PSR B1509-58, which long ago collapsed into a sphere just 12 miles in diameter after running out of fuel.
And what a strange scene this one has created.
In a new image
from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, high-energy X-rays emanating from the nebula
around PSR B1509-58 have been colored blue to reveal a structure resembling a hand reaching for some eternal red cosmic light.