Astronomers spot the brightest intergalactic pulsar yet beyond the Milky Way

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A newfound pulsar is more than 10 times brighter than any other rapidly rotating stars we know of, a new study suggests.

Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars, or dense cores of material left over from supernova explosions, that emit radio pulses in regular intervals. The newly discovered pulsar, dubbed PSR J0523-7125, is also relatively close in galactic terms. It resides in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way roughly 160,000 light-years from Earth.

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Originally published at www.space.com

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