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|Number of cells||736|
|Discovered by||David Buckingham|
|Year of discovery||1990|
A gunstar is any of a series of four-barreled glider guns of period 144 + 72n (n ≥ 0) that were constructed by David Buckingham in 1990 based on his transparent block reaction and Robert Wainwright's period 72 oscillator "47P72". Two copies of the oscillator together with a blocker and two eater 1s can duplicate a glider. One output glider emerges in the same direction as the original; the other is turned 90 degrees. By putting together 4 such reflectors, a 4-barrelled gun can be constructed.
The version to the right is the "first" such gun, with a period of 144. The next such gun, with a period of 216, is shown below.
- Gunstar at Eric Weisstein's Treasure Trove of Life
- Gunstar at the Life Lexicon