National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Pulsars: The Universe's gift to physics

Pulsars, superdense neutron stars, are perhaps the most extraordinary physics laboratories in the Universe. Research on these extreme and exotic objects already has produced two Nobel Prizes. Pulsar researchers now are poised ...

Feb 19, 2012 5 / 5 (7) 47 | with audio podcast

Has graphene been detected in space?

( -- A team of astronomers, using the Spitzer Space Telescope, have reported the first extragalactic detection of the C70 fullerene molecule, and the possible detection of planar C24 ("a piece of graphene ...

Aug 11, 2011 4.9 / 5 (8) 17 | with audio podcast

Stellar discovery excites students

In the constellation of Ophiuchus, above the disk of our Milky Way Galaxy, there lurks a stellar corpse spinning 30 times per second -- an exotic star known as a radio pulsar. This object was unknown until ...

Feb 03, 2011 5 / 5 (4) 17