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Planetary Disc Around a Pulsar, Artwork
16" x 12"
Photographic Print

Planetary disc around a pulsar Artwork of a disc of rocky debris brown surrounding a pulsar centre A pulsar a rotating neutron star is the collapsed superdense core of a massive star that has blown off its outer layers in a supernova The force of the supernova pulverised the planets surrounding the star and formed glowing clouds of gas and dust pink The stellar and planetary debris eventually formed the disc seen here which could form into new planets This artwork published in was inspired by infrared observations with the Spitzer Space Telescope of a disc around pulsar U light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia