Terzan5ad (was: from Sky and Telescope)
- Terzan 5ad is located in the globular cluster Terzan
5, which was discovered by the French astronomer Agop
Terzan in 1968. Terzan 5 has a bunch of millisecond
pulsars and X-ray sources in it.
If you want to add Terzan 5 to SolarFire 5, its
coordinates are right ascension 17h48m04s, declination
-24 46 45.
--- "Diana K. Rosenberg" <ye-stars@...>
> SPINNING PULSAR SMASHES RECORDIn Sagittarius.
> If spinning amusement-park rides make you feel
> uncomfortably dizzy, then
> avoid the recently discovered pulsar Terzan 5ad. A
> team of radio astronomers
> has found that this celestial flywheel rotates 716
> times per second --
> smashing a record that has stood since 1982 making
> it the fastest-spinning
> natural macroscopic object known in the universe.
> The previous record
> holder, which by coincidence was also the first
> millisecond pulsar
> discovered, spins "only" 642 times per second.
> Terzan 5ad (formally known as PSR J1748-2446ad)
> belongs to a class known as
> millisecond pulsars. These bizarre objects are
> neutron stars (the ultradense
> cores of massive stars) that take only a few
> thousandths of a second to
> complete one rotation -- a feat the Sun needs about
> 27 days to accomplish.
> > http://SkyandTelescope.com/news/article_1659_1.asp
> As far as I can tell from the position given, this
> comes out
> at 27 Sag 22, and at Lat 1 S 21 it is very close to
> the ecliptic!
> So Pluto has another wacko creature to line up with!
> It's below Ophiuchus'
> right hand holding the serpent, and in front of the
> Archer's bow.
Mark A. Holmes
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