The Bizarre Conditions of the First Exoplanet Detection
the first-ever exoplanets were discovered around a rapidly rotating star, called a pulsar.
astronomers have revealed that these planets may be extremely uncommon
It’s currently unknown what processes cause planets to form, and survive, around pulsars
A survey of 800 pulsars followed by the Jodrell Bank Observatory over the last 50 years
this first detected exoplanet system may be extraordinarily rare: less than 0.5% of all known pulsars
Pulsars are a type of neutron star, the densest stars in the universe, born during powerful supernova
They are exceptionally stable, rotate rapidly, and have incredibly powerful magnetic fields