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LIGO and Virgo detect neutron star smash-ups

An artist’s illustration of two colliding neutron stars. Image: NASA/Swift/Dana Berry LIGO and Virgo detect neutron star smash-ups Findings reported just weeks into the network’s latest operating run. (Press release) The following press release was issued jointly today by the ...

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Super star takes on black holes in jet contest

An artist’s impression of the binary star system PSR J1023+0038. An ultra-dense neutron star pulls gas from its companion, launching jets powerful enough to rival those from black holes. Credit: ICRAR Super star takes on black holes in jet contest ...

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Pulsar with widest orbit

Artist’s impression of pulsar PSR J1930-1852 shown in orbit around a companion neutron star. Discovered by a team of high school students, this pulsar has the widest orbit ever observed around another neutron star. Credit: B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF) Pulsar with ...

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Neutron star

Neutron star A celestial object of very small radius (typically 30 km) and very high density, composed predominantly of closely packed neutrons. Neutron stars are thought to form by the gravitational collapse of the remnant of a massive star after ...

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How neutron stars are like (and unlike) black holes

Illustration of the structure of a neutron star. Credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center For astrophysicists neutron stars are extremely complex astronomical objects. Research conducted with the collaboration of SISSA and published in the journal Physical Review Letters demonstrates that ...

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Black Holes: So You *CAN* Divide By Zero

 “Black holes are where God (or the Flying Spaghetti monster, maybe) divided by zero.” That has to be one of my favorite math/science jokes. Surprisingly enough, weird things do happen to our equations when you work inside the event horizon ...

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Supernova remnant Cassiopeia A

This stunning false-color picture shows off the many sides of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. It is made up of images taken by three of NASA’s Great Observatories, using three different wavebands of light. Infrared data from the Spitzer Space ...

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