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Media Advisory 08-028
Observatory Identifies Unique Stellar Laboratory and Tests Established Scientific Theory

Details will be revealed during tele-press conference on Thurs., July 3 at 2 p.m. EDT

Illustration of the unique eclipse phenomenon in the double pulsar.

Unique eclipse phenomenon in the double pulsar.
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July 2, 2008

The National Science Foundation and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory will hold a media teleconference at 2:00 p.m., EDT, on Thurs., July 3, 2008.

The press conference will feature new information about general relativity derived from a study of a stellar system unlike any other known in the universe.

Speakers:

  • Rene Breton, McGill University
  • Victoria Kaspi, McGill University
  • Scott Ransom, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

To join the telecon, reporters must have the dial-in number and the passcode. To obtain this information, contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski at (703) 292-8311 by 1 p.m. EDT on July 3.

Graphics to accompany this story, all of which are under embargo until 2:00 p.m., EDT, July 3, will be available at http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~bretonr/doublepulsar/.

-NSF-

Media Contacts
David Finley, NRAO, (575) 835-7302, dfinley@nrao.edu
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, lisajoy@nsf.gov

Related Websites
Renee's Double Pulsar Page: http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/~bretonr/doublepulsar/

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