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Arecibo Telescope Used to Study Neutron Star Twice as Massive as the Sun, Orbiting Every Two Hours: Einstein's Theory of Gravitation Passes with Flying Colors

April 25, 2013

impression of the PSR J0348+0432 binary system An international research team led by astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Germany) has used a variety of large optical and radio telescopes including the world's largest, the U.S. National Science Foundation's Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to study PSR J0348+0432, an extreme stellar system. Full Story

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