A bizarre speed-demon star has winds powering a cloud of gas called ‘Potaroo’

Astronomers have discovered a new rapidly spinning star that races through the universe at millions of miles per hour and spins 14 times a second. 

The pulsar, the rapidly spinning core of a dead star, also blows a powerful wind of particles, creating a so-called “pulsar wind nebula”. The team made the discovery using Australia’s Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Parkes radio telescope, in conjunction with the South African MeerKAT radio telescope.