Astronomers have found evidence for what is likely one of the most extreme pulsa…


Astronomers have found evidence for what is likely one of the most extreme pulsars, or rotating neutron stars, ever detected. The source exhibits properties of a highly magnetized neutron star, or magnetar, yet its deduced spin period is thousands of times longer than any pulsar ever observed. For decades, astronomers have known there is a dense, compact source at the center these remains of a supernova explosion located about 9,000 light years from Earth.
Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Amsterdam/N.Rea et al; Optical: DSS

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