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Galaxies, Stars and Nebulae series: In this composite image, the flowering shape is a star factory and the bright blue star is the pulsar, known as SXP 1062. Astronomers are interested in SXP 1062 because it's spinning unusually slowly - about once every 18 minutes. In contrast, some pulsars are found to revolve up to 1000 times per second!
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image code: sxp1062
Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al & ESA/XMM-Newton; Optical: AURA/NOAO/CTIO/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al
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