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Pulsars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

A pulsar is the remnant core of a star that has undergone a supernova explosion.

A pulsar is the remnant core of a star that has undergone a supernova explosion. The pulsar’s extremely strong magnetic field accelerates particles to almost the speed of light. As these relativistic particles stream away from the pulsar, they produce focused beams of radio emission. Astronomers study these objects with the aim of discovering ripples in space and time known as gravitational waves. Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions

By George Hobbs

The SKA will be able to study thousands of pulsars in sufficient detail to detect gravity waves.

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