neutron star

noun

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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Studying this intriguing system will allow astronomers to learn more about the end of star evolution and the formation of compact objects, like neutron stars, white dwarfs and black holes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Repeating outbursts of 40,000-degree wind discovered near black hole," 9 Aug. 2019 The signals could originate from a specific type of neutron star known as a magnetar, which has extraordinarily strong magnetic fields. Yvette Cendes, Discover Magazine, "What Are FRBs? The Discovery of Mysterious Signals From the Cosmos," 7 Feb. 2019 Similarly, the first pulsar was observed in 1967, and a consensus that pulsars were neutron stars emerged very quickly. Quanta Magazine, "On the Best Use of Science to Safeguard Humanity," 5 Dec. 2018 In 2017, the first-ever detection of two neutron stars colliding was made. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "NASA captures stunning photo of the entire sky in X-ray," 3 June 2019 Degenerate matter: Only found under the extremely high pressures achieved in white dwarfs and neutron stars, two types of dead stars. Adam Mann, National Geographic, "Confirmed: New phase of matter is solid and liquid at the same time," 8 Apr. 2019 The event, a gamma-ray burst, was triggered by the merger of two neutron stars, forming a single mass of neutrons that was large enough to collapse into a black hole shortly afterwards. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Neutron-star merger blasted a jet of material through the debris," 5 Sep. 2018 That's very slow; some neutron stars can spin many times per second. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Dying Star Reanimates Stellar Corpse," 6 Mar. 2018 The origin of the FRB discovered in late July may have stemmed from a number of events, such as an evaporating black holes and erupting neutron stars, according to Nature. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Mysterious radio signal found in space and astronomers aren't sure where it's coming from," 7 Aug. 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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