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Fight Between Tiny Star And Giant Asteroid

February 21, 2014

Astronomers say that a particularly little star located in the constellation of Puppis got hit by a massive asteroid. The star is a pulsar star, meaning it emits radio waves towards Earth. When astronomers noticed a change in the pulsar’s spin rate and the shape of the radio pulse seen from Earth, that’s how they came to suspect the star had been hit. But the little star had a trick up its sleeve. Astronomers think that the pulsar’s radio beam zapped the asteroid, vaporizing it. However, the vaporized particles from the asteroid are electrically charged and slightly alter the process that creates the pulsar’s beam.

[ Read the Article: Billion Ton Asteroid Smashes Into Tiny Star In Puppis Constellation ]