neutron star


Definition of neutron star 

: a dense celestial object that consists primarily of closely packed neutrons and that results from the collapse of a much larger stellar body

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An international team of astronomers tested the equivalence principle under extreme conditions: a system composed of two superdense stellar corpses known as white dwarfs and an even denser neutron star. Mike Wall, NBC News, "Einstein's theory of relativity passes its toughest test yet," 5 July 2018 Suspects have included neutron stars, gamma ray bursts, hypernovae, and the radiation-spewing black holes at the center of some galaxies, but whatever the source, high energy neutrinos are a likely byproduct. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe," 12 July 2018 The neutron star is a fast-spinning type known as a pulsar. Mike Wall, NBC News, "Einstein's theory of relativity passes its toughest test yet," 5 July 2018 Now a new study, published in Nature, has tested the principle using a remarkably extreme astrophysical environment: a triple star system containing two white dwarfs and a pulsar (a rotating neutron star that beams radio waves). James Geach, Scientific American, "Triple-Star Test Shows Einstein Was Right, Again," 5 July 2018 That's about 10 times greater than the pressure seen at the heart of a neutron star. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Pressures Inside a Proton Are More Extreme Than Inside a Neutron Star," 17 May 2018 Now astronomers have found one of the largest neutron stars ever discovered. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Largest Neutron Star Ever, Found With a Clever New Technique," 30 May 2018 The results give us one of our first direct tests of competing models for what's beneath the surface of a neutron star. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Three years of staring lets scientists capture a neutron star “glitch”," 11 Apr. 2018 Neither a neutron star so massive nor a black hole with such a low mass has ever been discovered. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Cambridge NASA observatory data reveals what is probably lowest-mass black hole ever seen," 7 June 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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