Pulsar picked up by NASA telescope defies laws of physics

October 9, 2014 3:38 PM

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A dead star over 12 million light-years away is giving off enough light in pulses that it breaks the Eddington limit, a law of physics that outlines the maximum brightness an object can give off based on its mass.

Because of the x-ray emissions the dead star is releasing, astronomers once thought it was a black hole. However, NASA's NuSTAR telescope recently identified it as a pulsar, a highly magnetized dense rotating collapsed star.

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