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Astronomers using NASA's Swift and Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellites have discovered a stellar skeleton, a remnant of a dying star that is being consumed by its pulsar companion. So little of the star's original material is left that it now barely masses more than Jupiter. Artist depiction. A pulsar tears into a …

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Excellent use of the word "masses". Well done that journalist.

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25,000 years ago

Is what we're seeing today. It's a shame we can't really get closer to the event and relay the images in double...more than that even quick time.

I wonder if it's even there any more?

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Shame on you.

An article on pulsars which doesn't mention Jocelyn Bell Burnell?

Huh!

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25,000 light years away...

...only equals 25,000 years ago if the speed of light has remained constant throughout that time - which Einstein doubted.

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It might have been a great uses of massess...

...but it was missed opportunity to talk about Roche Lobe Overflow..

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We REALY do not want to get any closer!

Given the physics of such systems, in particular the strong X-rays and enormous tidal forces, I think 25,000 ly (or about 7,700 pc) is quite close enough!

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I never read an article about an artist's impression before

The ultimate simulation of a news story. About a simulacrum too! Is this a record?

(Like others, I don't believe in neutron stars whizzing around at the rate of 1 Lucy per second, but in plasma in hydrostatic equilibrium and behaving as a relaxation oscillator).

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Flashing, burnt-out star caught on camera

Where's the Paris Hilton angle?

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