PSR J1913+1102

Date of the discovery: 4 November 2016

Short Description: The pulsar PSR J1913+1102 did break the record of the binary neutron star with the highest total mass, with 2.88 solar masses. The researchers were able to measure an effect of general relativity in this system. Each year the elliptical orbit rotates by 5.6 degree.

owners of computers that made this discovery: Uwe Tittmar, Gerald Schrader

Researchers in the discovery paper: P. Lazarus, P. C. C. Freire, B. Allen, C. Aulbert, O. Bock, S. Bogdanov, A. Brazier, F. Camilo, F. Cardoso, S. Chatterjee, J. M. Cordes, F. Crawford, J. S. Deneva, H.-B. Eggenstein, H. Fehrmann, R. Ferdman, J. W. T. Hessels, F. A. Jenet, C. Karako-Argaman, V. M. Kaspi, B. Knispel, R. Lynch, J. van Leeuwen, B. Machenschalk, E. Madsen, M. A. McLaughlin, C. Patel, S. M. Ransom, P. Scholz, A. Seymour, X. Siemens, L. G. Spitler, I. H. Stairs, K. Stovall, J. Swiggum, A. Venkataraman, and W. W. Zhu

Link to paper in ADS:…831..150L/abstract

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Telescopes involved: Arecibo 305-meter telescope

Part of Figure 1 of the paper, showing the pulse-profile


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Project websites: Einstein @ home

Credit for the header image: Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy /Paulo Freire, MPIfR; showing the system on the left, being compared with the sun on the right

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