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The pen that jiggled

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The discovery [of pulsars] was almost totally unexpected. We learned later of a radio astronomer at another observatory—I won’t say who or where—who several years earlier was observing a portion of the sky to the right of Orion, northward, where we now know there to be a pulsar. And he saw his pen [on the recording device] begin to jiggle. And he was about to go home for the day, and thought his equipment was misbehaving. And he kicked the table and the pen stopped jiggling.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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May 31, 2015 at 7:30 am

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