Home Computers Discover Rare Star

A rare type of star known as Pulsar Binary Aborted was discovered by three participants in the project Einstein @ Home, where sailors donate idle time on their computers for analyzing data collected by radio frequency antennas located on Earth and exploiting signals from space.

The celestial body, which now goes by the friendly name of PSR J2007 + 2722, is “a kind of high rotational speed neutron star that may be forming in some types of supernovae, or stellar explosions.”

He had his breakthrough officially credited to double professional American technology Chris and Helen Colvin and German systems analyst Daniel Gebhardt. According to those responsible for the project, the new star rotates 41 times per second on its own axis and has “an unusually low magnetic field.”

Organized since 2005 by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the project Einstein @ Home is an experiment that looks for evidence of gravitational waves emitted by pulsars, black holes, neutron stars and other dense objects using the BOINC software (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) to “share” the task of processing the data collected by its antennas between machines of sailors. For the user, the entire process has just as a screen saver that shows the area of the sky being swept.

 

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Home computers discover rare star

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