Picture of the Day: The Varied Path of a Neutron Star

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The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbits the earth every 95 minutes. It travels a varied path -- north and then to the south, on alternate orbits -- in order to survey the sky with its Large Area Telescope. The picture above, courtesy of the Fermi scope, depicts the path of the Vela Pulsar, a neutron star. The plot spans 180 degrees and tracks Vela's position from August 2008 through August 2010.

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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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