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Pulsars

A spinning neutron star with a magnetic field on the order of one trillion Gauss. This magnetic field accelerates electrically charged particles along the magnetic poles, forming a beam of energy that shoots into space from the poles. If the beam shines toward Earth, astronomers see a flickering beacon. The most famous pulsar, the Crab Nebula, pulses 30 times a second.

Radio Programs

Pulsars V Some amazing projects for students December 1, 2017

Pulsars IV Shutting down nature’s clocks November 30, 2017

Pulsars III Timing ripples in space and time November 29, 2017

Pulsars II “Dead” stars that spin like crazy November 28, 2017

Pulsars Discovering a “scruffy” star November 27, 2017

Black Widows Celestial creepy-crawlies July 21, 2017

Crab Nebula A crab scuttles across the sky December 14, 2015

Featured Images

pulsar schematic

Busy Corpse November 27, 2017

Black-widow pulsar

Doomed Mate April 10, 2014

Artist's concept of the pulsar and planets in the system PSR B1257+12

Second-Chance Planets January 8, 2012