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two stars orbit one another every 2.5 hours.

Fastest spinning pulsar found.

Astronomers from the University of Southampton have spotted the fastest spinning X-ray pulsar ever seen - it's rotating 600 times a second! The object, designated IGR J00291+5934, was first spotted as a bright X-ray object by the European Space Agency's INTEGRAL space telescope in December. Further analysis revealed that it's part of a binary system, siphoning material off of a companion star. The two stars orbit one another every 2.5 hours, separated by the distance of the Earth and the Moon.

A dozen new planets discovered.

In the last month planet hunters have uncovered 12 new worlds orbiting other stars, bringing the total planet count to 145. Two European planet hunting teams have discovered 6 Gas giants as part of the High Accuracy Radial velocity planet Search (HARPS), and an American team uncovered 5 more using the W.M. Keck observatory in Hawaii. And a single, Pluto-sized planet was discovered orbiting a pulsar by Penn State's Alex Wolszczan and Caltech's Maciej Konacki.

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