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

Examples of neutron star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists hope to clarify, too, whether the object produced at the center of a gamma-ray burst is a black hole or a neutron star. Jonathan O'callaghan, Wired, 18 July 2021 Researchers hope to witness a neutron star get shredded into fragments of light as a black hole devours it, NPR reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2021 How do a black hole and a neutron star find themselves together, close enough to experience another nature-altering event? Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 29 June 2021 What remains is a dense neutron star with a little more mass than our sun. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 28 June 2021 Researchers suspect violent neutron star-black hole collisions occur at least once a month within a billion-lightyear radius of Earth, reports CNN. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2021 This would be a previously unrecognized path to neutron star formation. NBC News, 1 July 2021 For the first time, astronomers have witnessed a black hole swallowing a neutron star, the densest object in the universe — all in a split-second gulp. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 This is the first time scientists have observed a black hole-neutron star collision. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2021

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First Known Use of neutron star

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Neutron star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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