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A Mysterious Pulsar Is Spinning Too Slowly With 7 Different Pulse Patterns

A Mysterious Pulsar Is Spinning Too Slowly With 7 Different Pulse Patterns
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A single flash from the sky showed the way to a bizarre star that spins very slowly, making it difficult to determine whether it is a pulsar or another stellar object.

The object, known as PSR J0901-4046, “challenges our current understanding of the evolution of these systems” due to its slow 76-second pirouette and the fact that it emits radio waves, both of which are unusual for pulsars, researchers said in a study published (opens in a new tab) Monday (May 30) in Nature Astronomy.


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