pulsar

How Fast Can Stars Spin?

Stars can spin faster or slower than the Sun. What’s the fastest that’s ever been discovered, and what’s the fastest…

6 years ago

Messier 4 (M4) – The NGC 6121 Globular Cluster

During the late 18th century, Charles Messier began to notice that a series of “nebulous” objects in the night sky…

6 years ago

When Will We Find Another Earth?

We hear about discoveries of exoplanets every day. So how long will it take us to find another planet like…

7 years ago

Whittling Away At SN1987A

A team of Australian astronomers has been busy utilizing some of the world's leading radio telescopes located in both Australia…

7 years ago

Nearby Galaxy Holds First Ultraluminous X-Ray Source that is a Pulsar

A research team led by Caltech astronomers of Pasadena California have discovered an ultraluminous X-ray (ULX) source that is pulsating. Their…

7 years ago

Split-Personality Pulsar Switches From Radio To Gamma-Rays

Another snapshot of our strange universe: astronomers recently caught a pulsar -- a particular kind of dense star -- switch…

7 years ago

An Earth-size Diamond in the Sky: The Coolest Known White Dwarf Detected

We live in a vast, dark Universe, which makes the smallest and coolest objects extremely difficult to detect, save for…

8 years ago

Weekly Space Hangout – May 16, 2014: Shrinking Red Spot

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Alessondra Springmann (@sondy), Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein, briankoberlein.com), Nicole Gugliucci (cosmoquest.org / @noisyastronomer) (more…)

8 years ago

Spin! Crab Pulsar Speed Jumps Linked To Billions Of Tiny Vortices

Pulsars -- those supernova leftovers that are incredibly dense and spin very fast -- may change their speed due to…

8 years ago

Runaway Pulsar Produces Longest Jet Trail Ever Observed

One of the fastest-moving pulsars ever observed is spewing out a record-breaking jet of high-energy particles that stretches 37 light…

8 years ago