Electric trails of worlds orbiting pulsars give clues on their nature

10/1/2012 | Space.com

Researchers could use the electric currents left behind by planets circling energetic dead stars, also called pulsars, to learn more about these strange worlds, according to a study led by Fabrice Mottez, an astrophysicist and astronomer from the Paris Observatory. The magnetic fields and electrically charged particles from pulsars should affect how planets evolve and how smaller space entities, including comets and asteroids, come in its system, Mottez said.

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