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

Examples of neutron star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, a black hole — or neutron star — locked in close orbit with a star will pull gas from its companion. Fox News, "Black hole bounty captured at center of Milky Way galaxy in NASA image," 23 June 2020 Teams traced the radio waves back to a highly magnetic neutron star—the remnant of a star that was maybe 40 or 50 times as massive as the sun—called SGR 1935+2154. Nadia Drake, Scientific American, "‘Magnetic Star’ Radio Waves Could Solve the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts," 5 May 2020 The flash came from an astrophysical object called a magnetar, an ultramagnetic type of neutron star, the leftover core of an aging star. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Mysterious Rhythm Is Coming From Another Galaxy," 26 June 2020 There's little doubt that the smaller object is either a neutron star or a black hole. Jordan Nutting, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cosmic collision changes physicists' understanding of black holes and neutron stars," 25 June 2020 Last year, in a separate study, scientists, for the first time, detected a black hole devouring a neutron star. Fox News, "'Mystery object' spotted by astronomers changes talk of black holes, neutron stars," 24 June 2020 The remnant of this outburst is a neutron star, which is small but very dense. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Gravitational waves reveal merger between black hole and mystery 'mass gap' object," 23 June 2020 Theorists let their imaginations run wild, considering distant supernovae, neutron star collisions, and even alien spacecraft. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Astronomers spot repeating radio burst patterns from deep space," 12 June 2020 The powerful bursts could be linked to the orbital motion of a massive star, a neutron star or a black hole. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "More 'fast radio bursts' have been detected from a distant galaxy. This one has a repeating pattern.," 10 June 2020

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Neutron star.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutron%20star. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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