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 The existence of such a pattern supports the growing evidence that suggests the culprit behind FRBs is a neutron star, the leftover core of a once-giant star that has burned through its fuel. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 15 July 2022 According to this estimate,the object could be a black hole or a neutron star. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 14 June 2022 Magnetars are neutron stars with incredibly powerful magnetic fields, while radio pulsars release radio waves that appear to pulse as the neutron star rotates. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 13 July 2022 So, these mergers can also help rule out some potential neutron star models. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 June 2022 That means neutron star magnetic fields are trillions of times stronger than Earth’s. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2022 Or Miss Scarlet could be a magnetar, another kind of neutron star, known for its powerful magnetic fields. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 15 July 2022 But magnetars have extreme magnetic fields that extend the high-energy environment well beyond the surface of the neutron star. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 13 July 2022 That leaves us with a neutron star as the most likely explanation. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of neutron star

1934, in the meaning defined above

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4 Oct 2022

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“Neutron star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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