PSR B0329+54

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PSR B0329+54
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Camelopardalis
Right ascension 03h 32m 59.368s[1]
Declination +54° 34′ 43.57″[1]
Distance3,460 ly
(1,060 pc)
Spectral typePulsar
Other designations
NVSS J033259+543444, PSR B0329+54, PSR J0332+5434, TXS 0329+544, PULS CP 0329, 2MASS J03325936+5434448
Database references

PSR B0329+54 is a pulsar approximately 3,460 light-years away in the constellation of Camelopardalis. It completes one rotation every 0.71452[2] seconds and is approximately 5 million years old.[2]

The emissions of this pulsar and the Vela Pulsar were converted into audible sound by the French composer Gérard Grisey, and used as such in the piece Le noir de l'étoile (1989–90).[3][4][5]

Planetary system[edit]

In 1979, two extrasolar planets were announced to be orbiting the pulsar (being classified as pulsar planets). Later observations did not support this conclusion.[6][2][7] More recently, a 2017 analysis indicates that a long-period pulsar planet remains a possibility.[8]

The PSR B0329+54 planetary system
(in order from star)
Mass Semimajor axis
Orbital period
Eccentricity Inclination Radius
b (disputed) 1.97 ± 0.19 M🜨 10.26 ± 0.07 27.76 ± 0.03 0.236 ± 0.011

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cutri, R. M.; et al. (June 2003), 2MASS All Sky Catalog of point sources, NASA/IPAC,
  2. ^ a b c Konacki, Maciej; et al. (July 1999), "Are There Planets around the Pulsar PSR B0329+54?", The Astrophysical Journal, 519 (1): L81–L84, Bibcode:1999ApJ...519L..81K, doi:10.1086/312089.
  3. ^ Re, Giuseppe del. 2000. Cosmic Dance, pp. 24–25. Templeton Foundation Press, ISBN 9781890151256
  4. ^ Luminet, Jean-Pierre. 2011. Illuminations: Cosmos et esthétique, pp. 419–420. Odile Jacob, ISBN 9782738185938
  5. ^ "Gérard Grisey: Le Noir de l'étoile" (work details) (in French and English). IRCAM.
  6. ^ Hobbs, G.; Lyne, A. G.; Kramer, M. (February 2010), "An analysis of the timing irregularities for 366 pulsars", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 402 (2): 1027–1048, arXiv:0912.4537, Bibcode:2010MNRAS.402.1027H, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15938.x, S2CID 119269505.
  7. ^ Shabanova, T. V.; et al. (September 2013), "Timing Observations of 27 Pulsars at the Pushchino Observatory from 1978 to 2012", The Astrophysical Journal, 775 (1): 24, arXiv:1307.0297, Bibcode:2013ApJ...775....2S, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/775/1/2, S2CID 119110237, 2.
  8. ^ Starovoit, E. D.; Rodin, A. E. (2017), "On the existence of planets around the pulsar PSR B0329+54", Astronomy Reports, 61 (11): 948–953, arXiv:1710.01153, Bibcode:2017ARep...61..948S, doi:10.1134/S1063772917110063, S2CID 119460916