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« Topic Start: May 18, 2008, 01:34:44 pm »

Pulsars are like cosmic lighthouses sending out sweeping beams that blink at us across the galactic expanse. Now scientists have spotted a wacky pulsar that doesn't behave exactly like its fellows: Instead of circling a white dwarf star, this one orbits a sun-like star along an oval path.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2008-05-16-bizarre-pulsar_N.htm
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« Reply #1: May 18, 2008, 01:47:32 pm »

Now scientists have spotted a wacky pulsar that doesn't behave exactly like its fellows: Instead of circling a white dwarf star, this one orbits a sun-like star along an oval path.

Seems to me that they could be making this more complex than it needs to be
Asymmetrical supernovae have been known to eject the stellar remnant at considerable speed; and the eccentric orbit suggests a gravitational capture by two moving stars
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