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Whirling Neutron Stars May Brake and Accelerate

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Science  28 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5304, pp. 1258
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5304.1258c

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SEATTLE—Astronomers studying bursts of x-rays from rapidly spinning neutron stars may have seen the thin atmosphere of one superdense object brake and accelerate like a spinning figure skater, all in the space of a few seconds. The finding, from NASA's X-ray Timing Explorer satellite, was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science here.

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