The discovery of pulsars. A public talk by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell


Magdalen College Auditorium

Event type

College, Public


24 November 2023



Fifty-six years ago, a mysterious repeating radio signal was detected coming from space. It turned out to be a pulsar: an incredibly small, dense, highly magnetic star that spins at high speeds and shines like the bright beam of a lighthouse.

Today, pulsars are used to study some of the most extreme environments in the universe and to understand the fabric of spacetime itself.

In this talk, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who found that first pulsar and opened up this new branch of astrophysics, will speak about her role leading the discovery of pulsars.

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