Astronomers have discovered one of the brightest pulsars in the known universe

Astronomers have discovered one of the brightest pulsars in the known universe

A patch of light that scientists once dismissed as a distant galaxy may actually be the brightest pulsar ever spotted outside the Milky Way.

Named after PSR J0523−7125 and located about 160,000 light years away Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud (a satellite galaxy containing the Milky Way) the redefined pulsar is twice as wide as any other pulsar in the region and ten times brighter than any known pulsar beyond our galaxy. In fact, the object is so big and bright that researchers originally interpreted it as a distant galaxy, but new research was released on March 2 Astrophysical Journal Letters indicates that this is not the case.

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