pul·​sar | \ ˈpəl-ˌsär How to pronounce pulsar (audio) \

Definition of pulsar

: a celestial source of pulsating electromagnetic radiation (such as radio waves) characterized by a short relatively constant interval (such as .033 second) between pulses that is held to be a rotating neutron star

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Ever since Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars in 1967, scientists have been confident in the existence of black holes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How They Got the Black Hole Picture That Changed Science," 10 Apr. 2019 These planets were found in 1992 around a superdense, rotating stellar corpse, called a pulsar, located some 2,300 light-years away. Samantha Mathewson, Space.com, "Exoplanet Exploration: The Search Continues for New, Exciting Worlds," 16 Apr. 2018 The number of millisecond pulsars is even less well-known. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Gamma ray evidence for dark matter outshone by a flock of pulsars," 10 Aug. 2018 Instead, new research shows that the gamma-rays emanate from thousands of rapidly spinning neutron stars known as millisecond pulsars, which are believed to be some 10 billion years old. Samantha Mathewson, Space.com, "Mysterious Milky Way Signal Comes from the Past, Not Dark Matter," 13 Mar. 2018 Some of the most interesting objects in astrophysics are pulsars, which are rapidly spinning neutron stars. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Gyroscopes, Pulsars and the Power of Spin," 13 Sep. 2018 One white dwarf and the pulsar are orbiting each other every 1.6 days. James Geach, Scientific American, "Triple-Star Test Shows Einstein Was Right, Again," 5 July 2018 Both before and after her discovery, male graduate students often won the prize, including one who studied pulsars. Brian Keating, WIRED, "There's Nothing Noble about Science’s Nobel Prize Gender Gap," 27 May 2018 Of course, the pulsar and white dwarf are very massive objects themselves, with strong self gravity. James Geach, Scientific American, "Triple-Star Test Shows Einstein Was Right, Again," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of pulsar

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pulsar

pulse + -ar (as in quasar)

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technical : a type of star that gives off a rapidly repeating series of radio waves

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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