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New Type of Star Discovered - Universe Today
UK astronomers have used the Jodrell Bank Observatory to discover an entirely new class of objects. These new kinds of stars are similar to pulsars, as they produce brief radio flashes which only last for a few milliseconds. Unlike pulsars, however, they stay silent for much longer periods of time, ranging from 4 minutes to 3 hours. Astronomers think these objects build up energy over hundreds of rotations, and then release it in a single burst - and then build back up again.