Home Computers Discover Neutron Star

Members of the Einstein@Home distributed computing project have stumbled upon a rare neutron star originated from a supernovae.

The find was made whilst processing data from gravitational wave detectors.

According to BBC News, the discovery was made by US-based IT professionals Chris and Helen Colvin and systems analyst Daniel Gebhardt from Germany.

They were a part of the Einstein@Home project, which requires volunteers to process the data collected by gravitational wave detectors from their home computers. This type of data processing is called distributed computing.

The project is based on utilising home computers in order to process large amounts of data, thereby speeding-up the scientific research.

The Einstein@Home website explains: “Participants in Einstein@Home download software to their computers, which process gravitational wave data when not being used for other computer applications, like word processors or games.”

Jim Cordes, professor of astronomy at Cornell University, US, said: “We think there should be more of these disrupted binary pulsars, but there haven't been that many found. No matter what else we find out about it, this pulsar is bound to be extremely interesting for understanding the basic physics of neutron stars and how they form.”