Distant ‘galaxy’ isn’t a galaxy at all – but one of the brightest pulsars ever detected

A bright spot that scientists once wrote off as a distant galaxy may be the brightest pulsar ever detected outside the Milky Way.

Named PSR J0523−7125 and located at approximately 160,000 light years from Soil in the Large Magellanic Cloud (a satellite galaxy orbiting the Milky Way), the newly defined pulsar is twice as wide as any other pulsar in the region, and 10 times brighter than any known pulsar outside our galaxy. In fact, the object is so large and bright that researchers originally interpreted it as a distant galaxy, but new research released on May 2 in the Astrophysical Journal Letters suggests that this is not the case.

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