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Largest 'glitch' ever measured in a gamma ray pulsar
Mysterious burnt out stars usually emit regular pulses
Find could help astronomers understand these mysterious objects
Pulsars are the 'beacons' of space - tiny, burnt out stars, which emit regular pulses of gamma rays - regular, that is, until scientists found one with hiccups.
The pulsar J1838-0537 suddenly speeded up the rays it was blasting into space - and 'glitched', in a cosmic hiccup that scientists still don't understand.
Even finding pulsars is extremely difficult - and the new discovery could throw light on these mysterious cosmic objects.
Read more/full article/source - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/science....on.html