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X-ray Pulsar in Record Fast Orbit

10 May 2018, 17:00 UTC
X-ray Pulsar in Record Fast Orbit NASA Goddard

Scientists analysing the first data from the Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission have found two stars that revolve around each other every 38 minutes. One of the stars in the system is a rapidly spinning, superdense star called a pulsar. The discovery bestows the stellar pair with the record for the shortest-known orbital period for a certain class of pulsar binary system.

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