Okt 262012
 
Black Widow Pulsar in Tango Mortale Vaporizes Partner

  Max Planck scientists discover record-breaking millisecond pulsar with new analysis method.   Pulsars are the compact remnants from supernova explosions of massive stars. Some of them spin around their own axis hundreds of times per second, emitting beams of radiation into space. Until now, they could only be found through their pulsed radio emissions. [continue reading]

Jul 252012
 
A Pulsar with a Tremendous Hiccup

  Scientists discover a young and energetic neutron star with an unusually irregular rotation   Pulsars are superlative cosmic beacons. These compact neutron stars rotate about their axes many times per second, emitting radio waves and gamma radiation into space. Using ingenious data analysis methods, researchers from the Max Planck Institutes for Gravitational Physics and [continue reading]