Missile Tracking Telescope Reveals Fate and Evolution of Young Crab Pulsar

November 1, 2013 12:21 PM

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A radio telescope once used to track ballistic missiles has now been employed by astronomers to find out a little bit more about our universe. Using this telescope, researchers have spied how a magnetic field structure and rotation of the young Crab pulsar evolves with time.

The Crab pulsar is a neutron star which formed in a massive cosmic explosion in 1054 AD. In fact, this explosion was so bright that people in both Europe and China spied the phenomenon in the daytime sky. These days, the pulsar rotates 30 times per second, emitting beams of radio waves that, like a ...

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