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Want to help us discover new pulsars?

The Pulsar Science Collaboratory (PSC) is an out-of-school-time citizen science project for students aged 13 and up. Teachers can join too! After training, PSC students and teachers gain access to radio astronomy data collected by the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. PSC members then analyze the data to search for new pulsars.

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Recently discovered pulsars
Pulsar J1930-1852

Discovered July 8, 2012
by Cecilia McGough, Strasburg High School and DeShang Ray, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Pulsar J1954+1021

Discovered May 23, 2014
by Sonny Ernst,  Rowan County High School

Pulsar J1400-1438

Discovered October 1, 2011 by Sydney Dydiw of Trinity High School, Emily Phan of George C. Marshall High School, Anne Agee of Roanoke Valley Governor’s School, Jessica Pal of Rowan County High School, and Max Sterling of Langley High School

Check out all the pulsars discovered by PSC students!

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What is happening

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Press Releases

January 12, 2022

International Pulsar Timing Array Data Release: Are astronomers seeing gravitational wave signals from giant black holes?
 

October 14, 2021

Extragalactic Explosions: a thousand cosmic events detected from a distant galaxy in just 47 days!
 
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