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High-school Student Discovers Strange Astronomical Object
September 22, 2009
A West Virginia high-school student analyzing data from a giant radio telescope has discovered a new astronomical object -- a strange type of neutron star called a rotating radio transient.The student, a sophomore at South Harrison High School in Clarksburg, W.Va., made the discovery while participating in a project in which students are trained to scrutinize data from the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT).
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