A ‘galaxy’ is unmasked as a pulsar — the brightest outside the Milky Way

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You have full access to this article via your institution. Astronomers have confirmed that an object they thought was a distant galaxy is actually the brightest extra-galactic pulsar ever seen. The team made the discovery using a technique that blocks a particular type of polarized light, similar to polarized sunglasses, which could be used to spy more ‘hidden’ pulsars. Pulsars are highly ma...

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