MAR 24, 2019 8:17 PM PDT

Astronomers Find Pulsar Hurtling Through Space

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

What exactly are pulsars? They are superdense, rapidly spinning neutron stars that are left behind when a massive star explodes. They were first discovered in 1967. Recently, astronomers have spotted pulsars hurtling through space.

“This pulsar has completely escaped the remnant of debris from the supernova explosion. It’s very rare for a pulsar to get enough of a kick for us to see this,” said Dr. Frank Schinzel, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO).

“Measuring the pulsar’s motion and tracing it backwards shows that it was born at the center of the remnant, where the supernova explosion occurred. The pulsar now is 53 light-years from the center of CTB 1,” said Dr. Matthew Kerr, of the Naval Research Laboratory.

Watch the video above to learn more!

About the Author
  • Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
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