Thursday World’s largest telescope finds six new pulsars
Chinese researchers have discovered six pulsars, which are super heavy remnants of massive stars, using the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope.
It is the first time Chinese scientists have discovered pulsars using the world’s largest Fivehundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, known as FAST.
“Pulsars are super dense cores of massive stars that went supernova and died, hence they have incredible mass, extremely strong magnetic fields, and they spin like a clock and shoot out strong beams of electromagnetic radiation,” said Li Di, the telescope’s deputy chief engineer.
“The conditions on a pulsar are far more extreme than any lab simulation on Earth. Examining them and seeing how they interact with other stars can help us tackle major scientific issues, such as the origin and evolution of the universe, finding gravitational waves and navigating spacecraft.”