Weird pulsars debut at Beijing astronomy meeting

Newfound oddities challenge researchers’ imaginations

By Nadia Drake, 14:41 PM August 21, 2012

BEIJING — A cast of exotic, and sometimes mysterious, astrophysical objects quietly took center stage during the first session of the pulsar symposium at the International Astronomical Union’s General Assembly meeting on August 20.

Presenters cautiously discussed several new — indeed, some very new — discoveries, including a millisecond pulsar parked in the heart of a triple system, another “planet”-pulsar pair similar to the (erroneously named) diamond planet, and a very distant, mysterio...

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