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X-Ray Camera on ISRO’s Astrosat Makes Strange Pulsar Discovery

7 Nov 2017, 03:29 UTC
X-Ray Camera on ISRO’s Astrosat Makes Strange Pulsar Discovery NASA/ESA

An instrument onboard the ISRO Astrosat space-telescope has studied how X-rays being emitted by the Crab pulsar are being polarised, and how such polarisation varies from one pulse to the next. This is very important information for understanding how pulsars create and emit high-energy radiation – information that we haven’t been able to obtain from any other pulsars in the known universe. The underpinning study was published in Nature Astronomy on November 6, 2017.

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