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Pulsar punches hole in stellar disk

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:44

http://phys.org/news/2015-07-pulsar-hole-stellar-disk.html

A fast-moving pulsar appears to have punched a hole in a disk of gas around its companion star and launched a fragment of the disk outward at a speed of about 4 million miles per hour.

These observations show the clump moving away from B1259 at an average speed of about 7% of the speed of light. The data also indicate that the clump has been accelerated to 15% of the speed of light between the second and third observations. 

 

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