Lobster (spaceship)

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Pattern type Spaceship
Number of cells 83
Bounding box 26×26
Direction Diagonal
Period 7
Mod 7
Speed c/7
Heat 81.7
Discovered by Matthias Merzenich
Year of discovery 2011

Lobster is a c/7 diagonal spaceship that was discovered by Matthias Merzenich in August 2011. It was the first c/7 diagonal spaceship to be found.[1] It consists of two gliders pulling a tagalong that then rephases them.

The Lobster was voted the Pattern of the Year 2011 on ConwayLife.com, along with the fully universal Turing machine.


  1. Adam Goucher (August 26, 2011). "New spaceship velocity". Retrieved on September 12, 2011.

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