July 2, 2003

Limits on Spin

Spinning stars hit cosmic speed limit

No, not the political kind, but the kind that pulsars undergo. It seems that there is evidence that gravitational radiation, the rippling of space-time, keeps the stars from spinning so fast that they disintegrate.

It's a double coup if this is proven out, since gravitational radiation has never been directly observed. This would help establish its properties and existence...

Posted by Jvstin at July 2, 2003 8:29 PM