We present results of the timing observations of the 143 ms pulsar PSR J0538+2817 that provide a proper-motion measurement clearly showing an association of the pulsar with the supernova remnant S147. We measure a proper motion of 67-22+48 mas yr-1, implying a transverse velocity of v = 385-130+260 km s-1. We derive an age of the pulsar and S147 of only 30 ± 4 kyr, which is a factor of 20 times less than the pulsar's characteristic age of τ c = 620 kyr. This age implies an initial spin period of P 0 = 139 ms, close to the present pulse period and a factor of several larger than what is usually inferred for birth periods. Implications for recent X-ray detections of this pulsar are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science