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Heart of the Crab Pulsar Probed--First Direct Look Into the Core of a Neutron Star


June 2, 2008

crab nebula New information about the heart of one of the most famous objects in the sky--the Crab Pulsar in the Crab Nebula--has been revealed by an international team of scientists searching for gravitational waves. The team's achievement also is the first direct look into the interior of a neutron star. Full Story

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