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

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