Home Computers aid in Discovery of Star

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Posted: Aug 12, 2010 7:53 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Aug 12, 2010 7:53 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: home computer, Einstein(at)Home, Chris and Helen Colvin, Ames, Iowa, neutron star

Ordinary home computers helped find a previously unknown neutron star. They belong to the nearly quarter million people around the world who take part in a program known as Einstein(at)Home, which uses idle time on computers to analyze masses of scientific data. The neutron star named J2007+2722 was first recorded June 11 on the computer of Chris and Helen Colvin of Ames, Iowa. Three days later it was confirmed on the computer of Daniel Gebhardt of Mainz, Germany. The data on the star came from the Arecibo Observatory in Peurto Rico.

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