Pulsar-white dwarf binary

Cosmology

Pulsar Limits “Fifth Force” Interactions with Dark Matter

A recent experiment to better understand the nature of dark matter constrains a possible "fifth force" of nature to almost zero.

Pulsar-brown dwarf system

Stellar Science

A Magnifying Glass for a Pulsar

Astronomers have discovered a pulsar that comes with its own magnifying glass — courtesy of its brown dwarf companion that’s being torn to shreds.

Artist's illustration of pulsar Geminga

Stellar Science

Two Pulsars Blowing in the Wind

New images of two pulsars show beautiful, complex clouds of charged particles that illustrate the power dynamics in and around these spinning neutron stars.

Tarantula Nebula pulsars

Stellar Science

Pulsars' Gamma Rays Highlight Mysteries

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered that almost all of the highest energy photons in the Large Magellanic Cloud come from two pulsars.

Stellar Science

Pulsar System to Put On a Show in 2018

Astronomers are looking forward to 2018, when a young pulsar will pass through its binary star companion’s disk.

Stellar Science

Fermi Finds "Transformer" Pulsar

NASA's Fermi Space Telescope recently spotted a pulsar in a rare transitional phase as it devours the matter of its companion star.

Exotic triowith a pulsar

Cosmology

Exotic Stellar Trio Includes Pulsar

Imagine a three-star system with two white dwarfs and a wildly spinning, superdense neutron star, all packed within a space no bigger than Earth's orbit.

Stellar Science

Oddball Pulsar Origin?

A few whirling neutron stars might get their start as very different objects, at least if a new analysis is correct.

Stellar Science

Pulsar on the Fence

Astronomers have discovered a neutron star that switches between X-ray and radio emission within a few days. The find is fabulous news for theorists, who have long predicted that the two pulsar types were connected.

Black Holes

New Pulsar Explores Heart of Milky Way

A pulsar discovered last April is helping astronomers measure the magnetic field surrounding our galaxy’s central black hole.

pulsar with beam

Stellar Science

Pulsar Twitches Perplex Astronomers

New X-ray and radio observations detected a strange switcheroo in the radiation from a pulsar. The repeated hiccups have left scientists scratching their heads.

Map of gamma-ray pulsars

Cosmology

Fermi Tracks Gamma-ray Pulsars

What spins hundreds of times per second, has 100 trillion times the Sun's density, and spews lethal radiation all over interstellar space? Astronomers are closer to knowing the answers, thanks to NASA's newest deep-space observatory.

Galaxies

Dark Matter or Pulsars? Fermi is on the Case

Something funny is going on within a few hundred light-years of us, creating high-energy electrons that we don't understand. Recent data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope keep the mystery alive.

Stellar Science

Surprising Trove of Gamma-Ray Pulsars

Pulsars flash in radio, but some of them flash a lot more powerfully in gamma rays, due to different processes happening in different places around them.

Spacecraft and Space Missions

NASA Satellite Spots New Type of Pulsar

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has made its first major discovery.

Astronomy & Observing News

Spinning Pulsar Smashes Record

New pulsar picks-up first place as the fastest spinning object yet.

Astronomy & Observing News

Binary Pulsar Spins Up a Storm

A unique pair of pulsars is inspiring new models for neutron-star magnetospheres.

Astronomy & Observing News

Making Millisecond Pulsars

A three-hour long burst on a neutron star has confirmed many long-suspected fact about the dense, spinning stars.

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