Pulsar Hit!

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Astronomers say that a small star in the constellation Puppis got hit by a massive black according to differences in the stars spin rate and radio beam.

     Astronomers say that a particularly little star located in the constellation of Puppis got hit by a massive asteroid.  The star is a pulsar star, meaning it emits radio waves towards Earth.  When astronomers noticed a change in the pulsar’s spin rate and the shape of the radio pulse seen from Earth, that’s how that came to suspect that the star had been hit.  But the little star had a trick up its sleeve.  Astronomers think that the pulsar’s radio beam zaps the asteroid, vaporizing it.  However, the vaporized particles from the asteroid are electrically charged and slightly alter the process that creates the pulsar’s beam.