Interstellar Plasma

  • ScienceWatching twinkling pulsars help understand the mystery of interstellar plasma

    Watching twinkling pulsars help understand the mystery of interstellar plasma

    (ORDO NEWS) — Pulsars are rapidly spinning remnants of stars that glow like beacons. Sometimes they show sharp changes in brightness. Scientists predict that these short bursts of brightness are due to dense regions of interstellar plasma (hot gas between stars) scattering the radio waves emitted by the pulsar. However, we still do not know where the energy sources necessary for the formation and maintenance of these regions of dense…