View Full Version : Gravitational Waves Could Define Pulsar Spin

2005-Dec-07, 07:15 PM
SUMMARY: It's possible that the spin rate of pulsars is limited by gravitational radiation according to new data gathered by NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer - a phenomenon predicted by Albert Einstein. Pulsars are the core remains of exploded stars, no larger than 15 kilometres across, and some rotate as fast as once/millisecond. Scientists believe that as a pulsar speeds up, it flattens out, and the distortions in its shape cause it to emanate waves of gravity which stop it from rotating so fast it flies apart.

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