binary pulsar

binary pulsar

Artist's impression of the binary pulsar system PSR J0737-3039. Credit: John Rowe Animation.

1. The term binary pulsar may refer to two pulsars in orbit around their mutual center of gravity. The first such system to be discovered was PSR 1913+16, also known as the Hulse-Taylor Pulsar.


2. More generally, abinary pulsar is any system in which a pulsar orbits another type of star; examples include the Black Widow Pulsar and Centaurus X-3.