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Science Daily Reviews UVM Astrophysicist’s Unprecedented Observation of Pulsars

According to Science Daily, Joanna Rankin, professor of astrophysics, and her international team coordinated a satellite, x-ray telescope and two earthbound radio telescopes to observe the rotation of a pulsar – a small, dense, flashing star. “The basic physics of a pulsar have never been solved,” says Rankin, who discovered the radio waves and x-rays emitted by this star alternate in ways previously unknown to science. Read the story...