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Observatory Identifies Unique Stellar Laboratory and Tests Established Scientific Theory

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Illustration of the unique eclipse phenomenon in the double pulsar.

Unique eclipse phenomenon in the double pulsar. Details of this work will appears in the July 4, 2008 edition of Science. The double pulsar PSR J0737-3039A/B is the only known pulsar-pulsar system, that is, two neutron stars orbiting each other and both visible as radio pulsars. The first pulsar, PSR J0737-3039A, was found by Burgay et al. (2003) while the second one, PSR J0737-3039B, was found by Lyne et al. (2004).

Credit: NRAO

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