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Avoiding “Traffic Jam” Creates Impossibly Bright “Lighthouse”

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Artist’s impression of the “New Lighthouse Model”
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A supercomputer recreated a blinking impossibly bright “monster pulsar.” The central energy source of enigmatic pulsating Ultra Luminous X-ray sources (ULX) could be a neutron star according to numerical simulations performed by a research group led by Dr. Tomohisa Kawashima at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).

The research paper was published on-line on September 8th, 2016 in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan (PASJ).(A radiation-hydrodynamic model of accretion columns for ultra-luminous X-ray pulsars


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