Mysterious pulsar spins too slowly with 7 different pulse patterns

Mysterious pulsar spins too slowly with 7 different pulse patterns

A single flash from the sky pointed the way to a bizarre star that rotates very slowly, making it difficult to figure out if it’s a pulsar or some other stellar object.

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


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