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Researchers detect brightest pulsar ever recorded

The pulsar, about as large as the city of Boston, is 10 million times brighter than the sun.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
October 8, 2014

 

Astronomers have detected a pulsating dead star that appears to be burning with the energy of 10 million suns, making it the brightest pulsar ever detected. The pulsar — a rotating, magnetized neutron star — was found in the galaxy Messier 82 (M82), a relatively close galactic neighbor that’s 12 million light-years from Earth. [More...]

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