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China satellite to detect signs of pulsar

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016

China has successfully launched a satellite to detect signs of pulsar, which are very high density stars formed exclusively by neutron.

The satellite, designed by academies affiliated to the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, took off from Jiuquan launch base in the Gobi desert, official news agency Xinhua said.

The satellite launch was conducted on a Long March-11 rocket, which debuted last year.

Upon entering orbit the satellite will conduct tests on signal and adaptation to the space environment.

The pulsar, born of supernova explosions, emits electromagnetic radiation on a regular basis.

Neutron stars also rotate at high speed and have a slightly greater mass than the sun but concentrated within a radius of 10km approximately, which gives them a high density.

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