NASA finds 'Mighty Mouse' pulsar brighter than 10 million suns

October 8, 2014 11:19 PM

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NASA finds 'Mighty Mouse' pulsar brighter than 10 million suns

The discovery of a new unusually bright dead star leads astronomers to question assumptions about a type of cosmic radiation -- and pulsars themselves.

Using their space-based Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, NASA has just discovered a pulsar radiating with energy equivalent to about 10 million of our suns -- which makes it, they say, the brightest pulsar ever recorded. It was discovered in the galaxy Messier 82, which is also know...

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