Record-breaking 'black-  light-years from Earth

widow' pulsar found 3000

A fast-spinning pulsar 

feeding on acompanion star has been found 3,000 light-years from Earth in a rare type of cannibalistic system known as a black-widow binary.

Around two dozen

 black-widow binaries are currently known in the Milky Way galaxy. 

They typically feature a pulsar,

 which is the spinning neutron-star remnant of a massive star that exploded in a supernova, stealing matter from a companion star. 

As the infalling matter accumulates 

onto the surface of the pulsar, a torrent of X-rays and gamma rays are unleashed, which further erodes and destroys the companion.

The newly discovered black-widow

binary is the tightest black-widow binary known, with the pulsar and the companion locked in an orbital dance with a period of just 62 minutes.

 As the pulsar spins up,

 it unleashes increasing amounts of radiation that heat the companion star's pulsar-facing side.

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