This Day in Science History
Discovery of the 1000th Pulsar
13 November 1998
An international team of researchers using a giant radio telescope in Australia, equipped with a new “multibeam” receiver system, has just discovered the 1000th pulsar to be found within our Galaxy since the first few were discovered in Cambridge in 1967.
The team of researchers, comprised of astronomers from the UK, Australia, Italy and the USA, have been surveying the plane of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, for new radio pulsars using the 64-metre Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. The powerful new “multibeam” receiver was built as a joint venture between engineers at the Australia Telescope National Facility and the University of Manchester’s Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories, Jodrell Bank, funded by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.