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Pulsar in a stellar triple system makes unique gravitational laboratory

January 6, 2014

millisecond pulsar is orbited by a hot white dwarf Astronomers have discovered a unique stellar system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense neutron star, all packed within a space smaller than Earth's orbit around the Sun. The closeness of the stars, combined with their nature, has allowed astronomers to make the best measurements yet of the complex gravitational interactions in such a system. Full Story

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National Radio Astronomy Observatory

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