Awesome video of a pulsar emitting a jet of x-rays and spinning at the speed of light

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  1. Thanos

    Thanos Courting Death

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    A thousand light years away, you are looking a thousand years into the past at a 12 mile wide collapsed star

    Incredible

     
  2. TexasDrugAddict**

    TexasDrugAddict** Silver Belt

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    Pretty cool. Why is it spinning though.
     
  3. Doughbelly

    Doughbelly αlpha-nerdette, action scientist

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    The simple answer is that a pulsar is a remnant of what used to be a regular star, all of which spin due to the way they're formed. All gravitationally bound celestial objects have spin due to the physics of how they're formed.

    Even simpler answer: Because gravity, that's why.
     
  4. Kiddo716

    Kiddo716 Cubic Zirconia Belt

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    I love stuff like this.
     

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