Jan 11, 2023

Scientists detect superheavy neutron star that existed for only a fraction of a second

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A mix of computer simulations and gamma-ray burst observations shed new light on merging neutron stars.

Astronomers trawled through archival observations of short gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and detected the rapid evolution of two merging neutron stars into a superheavy neutron star, which then collapsed into a black hole.

Two neutron stars merge to create a black hole.


This entire process lasted only a fraction of a second, a blog post from NASA explains, and it can teach us a great deal about the transient nature of neutron stars and the evolution of colossal black holes.

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