Neutron stars are
extremely dense remnants of supernova explosions of massive stars.
There are about 3,000
neutron stars known in our Milky Way Galaxy. However, PSR J0901-4046 is unlike anything seen so far.
It could belong to the
theorized class of ultra-long-period magnetars — stars with extremely strong magnetic fields.
was initially detected from a single pulse on September 27, 2020.
It was then possible to
confirm multiple pulses using simultaneous consecutive eight-second-long images of the sky, to confirm its position.
The neutron star is
nearly 5.3 million years old and rotates extremely slowly, completing one rotation every 75.88 seconds.
The discovery was
made by the MeerTRAP team using the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.