News tagged with neutron stars

Earth's gold came from colliding dead stars

We value gold for many reasons: its beauty, its usefulness as jewelry, and its rarity. Gold is rare on Earth in part because it's also rare in the universe. Unlike elements like carbon or iron, it cannot be created within ...

dateJul 17, 2013 in Astronomy
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The largest magnetic fields in the universe

An ultradense ("hypermassive") neutron star is formed when two neutron stars in a binary system finally merge. Its short life ends with the catastrophic collapse to a black hole, possibly powering a short gamma-ray burst, ...

dateJul 26, 2013 in Astronomy
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X-rays discovered from young supernova remnant

( -- Over fifty years ago, a supernova was discovered in M83, a spiral galaxy about 15 million light years from Earth. Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to make the first detection of X-rays ...

dateJul 31, 2012 in Astronomy
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Era of astronomical discovery

For much of her professional life, MIT professor Nergis Mavalvala has been devoted to a singular goal: creating a device to detect gravitational waves. These ripples in the fabric of space-time—the signature of violent ...

dateJul 08, 2014 in Astronomy
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NuSTAR delivers the X-ray goods

( —NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is giving the wider astronomical community a first look at its unique X-ray images of the cosmos. The first batch of data from the black-hole hunting ...

dateSep 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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Image: Pulsar encased in a supernova bubble

( —Massive stars end their lives with a bang: exploding as spectacular supernovas, they release huge amounts of mass and energy into space. These explosions sweep up any surrounding material, creating bubble remnants ...

dateJun 02, 2014 in Astronomy
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