Spinning star's unique abilities leaves scientists puzzled

01/24/2013 | Space.com

A star 3,000 light years from Earth has left scientists puzzled about its ability to flip between emitting X-rays and radio waves, according to findings published in the journal Science. Researchers theorize that the star's ability to switch back and forth is related to its magnetic force, but the phenomenon so far has defied any concrete explanation. "As [the star] is one of the few pulsars also known to emit X-rays, finding out how this higher energy radiation behaves as the radio changes could provide new insight into the nature of the emission process," said Ben Stappers, a co-author of the study.

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