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Astronomers See Space Twist Around A White Dwarf 12,000 Light Years Away

January 31, 2020

The theory of general relativity is packed with strange predictions about how space and time are affected by…
Best ever pulsar measurements and first surface map produced

December 16, 2019

An international team of scientists, including astronomers from the University of Amsterdam, has succeeded in producing the first…
NASA’s NICER Delivers Best-ever Pulsar Measurements, 1st Surface Map

December 13, 2019

Astrophysicists are redrawing the textbook image of pulsars, the dense, whirling remains of exploded stars, thanks to NASA’s Neutron…
This is the Milky Way’s Magnetic Field

December 11, 2019

The Milky Way galaxy has its own magnetic field. It’s extremely weak compared to Earth’s; thousands of times…
Neutron Star Suffers a “Glitch”, Gives Astronomers a Glimpse Into How They Work

August 15, 2019

What, exactly, is the inside of a neutron star like? A neutron star is what remains after a…
Star Light, Star Bright

August 5, 2019

Scientists can tell a lot about a star by the light it gives off. The color, for example,…
NICER’s Night Moves Trace the X-ray Sky

May 31, 2019

In this image, numerous sweeping arcs seem to congregate at various bright regions. You may wonder: What is being…
Pulsar Seen Speeding Away From the Supernova That Created it

March 25, 2019

When a star exhausts its nuclear fuel towards the end of its lifespan, it undergoes gravitational collapse and…
Astronomers are Using NASA’s Deep Space Network to Hunt for Magnetars

March 4, 2019

Right, magnetars. Perhaps one of the most ferocious beasts to inhabit the cosmos. Loud, unruly, and temperamental, they…
Kes 75: Milky Way’s Youngest Pulsar Exposes Secrets of Star’s Demise

October 19, 2018

Scientists have confirmed the identity of the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy using data from…
Pulsar Kes 75
Milky Way’s Youngest Pulsar Exposes Secrets of Star’s Demise

October 18, 2018

Scientists have confirmed the identity of the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy using data from…
The surprising environment of an enigmatic neutron star

September 18, 2018

An unusual infrared emission detected by the Hubble Space Telescope from a nearby neutron star could indicate that…
Hubble Uncovers Never-Before-Seen Features Around a Neutron Star

September 18, 2018

An unusual infrared light emission from a nearby neutron star detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope could indicate new…
Astronomers Observe a Pulsar 6500 Light-Years From Earth and See Two Separate Flares Coming off its Surface

May 30, 2018

Astronomy can be a tricky business, owing to the sheer distances involved. Luckily, astronomers have developed a number…
Bursting pulsar found to ‘hiccup’ during crucial stage of its lifecycle

May 9, 2018

Researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered that the unique ‘Bursting Pulsar’ – a neutron star which…
Habitable planets could exist around pulsars

December 19, 2017

It is theoretically possible that habitable planets exist around pulsars – spinning neutron stars that emit short, quick…
Accretion-powered pulsar reveals unique timing glitch

September 8, 2017

The discovery of the largest timing irregularity yet observed in a pulsar is the first confirmation that pulsars…
NASA Continues to Study Pulsars, 50 Years After Their Chance Discovery

August 2, 2017

A little bit of “scruff” in scientific data 50 years ago led to the discovery of pulsars –…
New NASA Mission to Study Mysterious Neutron Stars, Aid in Deep Space Navigation

May 27, 2017

A new NASA mission is headed for the International Space Station next month to observe one of the…
Andromeda’s Bright X-Ray Mystery Solved by NuSTAR

March 24, 2017

The Milky Way’s close neighbor, Andromeda, features a dominant source of high-energy X-ray emission, but its identity was…
NuSTAR Helps Find Universe’s Brightest Pulsars

March 1, 2017

There’s a new record holder for brightest pulsar ever found — and astronomers are still trying to figure…
The brightest, furthest pulsar in the Universe

February 22, 2017

ESA’s XMM-Newton has found a pulsar – the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a…
Chandra Images Show That Geometry Solves a Pulsar Puzzle

January 19, 2017

NASA’S Chandra X-ray Observatory has taken deep exposures of two nearby energetic pulsars flying through the Milky Way…
Search for ET underway with CSIROs Parkes radio telescope

November 9, 2016

Breakthrough Listen, the 10-year, $100-million astronomical search for intelligent life beyond Earth launched in 2015 by Internet entrepreneur…
A Dead Star’s Ghostly Glow

October 28, 2016

The eerie glow of a dead star, which exploded long ago as a supernova, reveals itself in this…
Discovering the Treasures in Chandra’s Archives

October 15, 2016

Each year, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory helps celebrate American Archive Month by releasing a collection of images using…
Young Magnetar Likely the Slowest Pulsar Ever Detected

September 10, 2016

Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other X-ray observatories, astronomers have found evidence for what is likely one…
Supernova Ejected from the Pages of History

August 18, 2016

A new look at the debris from an exploded star in our galaxy has astronomers re-examining when the…
NuSTAR Principal Investigator Honored for Research

August 10, 2016

Fiona Harrison, principal investigator of NASA’s NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission, has been selected to receive the…
Astronomers Find the First ‘Wind Nebula’ Around a Magnetar

June 22, 2016

Astronomers have discovered a vast cloud of high-energy particles called a wind nebula around a rare ultra-magnetic neutron…
NASA’s NICER Mission Arrives at Kennedy Space Center

June 9, 2016

An upcoming NASA astrophysics mission will uncover the physics governing the ultra-dense interiors of neutron stars. Using the…
Gravitational Wave Search Provides Insights into Galaxy Evolution and Mergers

April 6, 2016

The recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves from merging black holes with tens of solar masses has confirmed…
Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects

March 4, 2016

At the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, astronomers are busy tinkering with a high-tech instrument that could discover…
Pulsar Web Could Detect Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

February 25, 2016

The recent detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) came from two black holes,…
Powerhouse crab pulsar

January 14, 2016

The Crab Pulsar has set a new record: it is sending out the most energetic light radiation that…
What Spawned the Jellyfish Nebula?

December 11, 2015

The Jellyfish Nebula, also known by its official name IC 443, is the remnant of a supernova lying…
NASA’s Fermi Satellite Detects First Gamma-ray Pulsar in Another Galaxy

November 13, 2015

Researchers using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have discovered the first gamma-ray pulsar in a galaxy other than…
Student Pulsar Search Program Expands Nationwide Thanks to NSF Grant to WVU and NRAO

October 13, 2015

West Virginia University (WVU) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) together received a nearly $2 million, three-year…
Banking X-Ray Data for the Future

October 12, 2015

Archives, in their many forms, save information from today that people will want to access and study in…
Gravitational Constant Appears Universally Constant, Pulsar Study Suggests

August 7, 2015

Gravity, one of the four fundamental forces of nature, appears reassuringly constant across the Universe, according to a…
Update: Pulsar with widest orbit ever detected, discovered by high school research team

May 6, 2015

A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the…
Pulsar with widest orbit ever detected

May 4, 2015

A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the…
Astronomers use vanishing neutron star to measure space-time warp

January 12, 2015

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the cluster in wonderful detail, but it is the chaotic motions…
Pulsars with black holes could hold the ‘holy grail’ of gravity

December 5, 2014

The intermittent light emitted by pulsars, the most precise timekeepers in the universe, allows scientists to verify Einstein’s…
Where Have All the Pulsars Gone? The Mystery at the Center of Our Galaxy

November 6, 2014

The galactic center is a happening place, with lots of gas, dust, stars, and surprising binary stars orbiting a supermassive…
Tremendously bright pulsar may be 1 of many

October 28, 2014

Recently, a team of astronomers reported discovering a pulsating star that appears to shine with the energy of…
Dead star shines on

October 10, 2014

A supernova is the cataclysmic death of a star, but it seems its remnants shine on. Astronomers have…
M82X-2: Suspected Black Hole Unmasked as Ultraluminous Pulsar

October 9, 2014

An Ultraluminous X-ray Source (ULX) that astronomers had thought was a black hole is really the brightest pulsar ever…
Researchers detect brightest pulsar ever recorded

October 9, 2014

Astronomers have detected a pulsating dead star that appears to be burning with the energy of 10 million…
NuSTAR Discovers Impossibly Bright Dead Star

October 9, 2014

Astronomers working with NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), led by Caltech’s Fiona Harrison, have found a pulsating…
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