Can habitable planets exist around pulsars?

An artist's impression of a super-Earth planet orbiting a pulsar (lower right)

When scanning the skies for potentially habitable exoplanets, astronomers usually look for similar conditions to Earth. That means warm Sun-like stars are great, but tiny, turbulent pulsars aren’t usually given a second thought in the search for life. But a new study has calculated that these neutron stars could indeed host habitable planets – under very specific circumstances.

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Publicado el 20 de diciembre del 2017