Pulsar Planets are Incredibly Rare,

Pulsars are a type of neutron star, the densest stars in the Universe, born during powerful explosions at the end of a typical star’s life.

They are exceptionally stable, rapidly rotating, and have incredibly strong magnetic fields.

Pulsars emit beams of bright radio emission from their magnetic poles that appear to pulse as the star rotates.

The processes that cause planets to form, and survive, around pulsars are currently unknown.

“Pulsars produce signals which sweep the Earth every time they rotate, similarly to a cosmic lighthouse,” Nitu said.

“These signals can then be picked up by radio telescopes and turned into a lot of amazing science.”

In 1992, the first ever exoplanets were discovered orbiting a pulsar called PSR B1257+12.

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