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Unusual ‘revived’ pulsars could be the ultimate gravitational wave detector

Paul M. Sutter (opens in new tab) is an astrophysicist at SUNY (opens in new tab) Stony Brook and the Flatiron Institute, host of “Ask a Spaceman (opens in new tab) and “Space Radio (opens in new tab),” and author of “How t (opens in new tab)o Die in Space.”

Astronomers hope to use pulsars scattered around the galaxy as a giant gravitational wave detector. But why do we need them, and how do they work?


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