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- DescriptionPulsars are rapidly spinning neutron stars, the collapsed cores of once massive stars that ended their lives as superva explosions. In this book, Geoff McNamara explores the history, subsequent discovery and contemporary research into pulsar astromy. The story of pulsars is brought right up to date with the anuncement in 2006 of a new breed of pulsar, Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs), which emit short bursts of radio signals separated by long pauses. These may outnumber conventional radio pulsars by a ratio of four to one. Geoff McNamara ends by pointing out that, despite the ermous success of pulsar research in the second half of the twentieth century, the real discoveries are yet to be made including, perhaps, the detection of the hypothetical pulsar black hole binary system by the proposed Square Kilometre Array - the largest single radio telescope in the world.
- Author(s)Geoff McNamara
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication18/08/2008
- SubjectPopular Science
- Series TitleSpringer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Note20 black & white illustrations, biography
- Weight341 g
- Width170 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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