Neutron Stars

Is this the Lightest Black Hole or Heaviest Neutron Star?

About 40,000 light-years away, a rapidly spinning object has a companion that's confounding astronomers. It's heavier than the heaviest neutron…

4 months ago

Gravitational Waves From Pulsars Could Be Used to Probe the Interior of the Sun

Gravitational waves from known pulsars might be used to probe the interior of the Sun.

1 year ago

When Neutron Stars Collide, the Explosion is Perfectly Spherical

Kilonova explosions are almost perfectly spherical, which could help us study cosmic expansion.

1 year ago

Magnetars are Extreme in Every Way, Even Their Volcanoes

In a recent study published in Nature Astronomy, an international team of researchers led by NASA and The George Washington…

1 year ago

This Binary System is Destined to Become a Kilonova

Kilonovae are extraordinarily rare. Astronomers think there are only about 10 of them in the Milky Way. But they're extraordinarily…

1 year ago

Nature’s Ultra-Rare Isotopes Can’t Hide from this New Particle Accelerator

A new particle accelerator at Michigan State University is producing long-awaited results. It's called the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams,…

1 year ago

A Solar Gravitational Lens Will be Humanity's Most Powerful Telescope. What are its Best Targets?

In the future, astronomers could use the Sun's gravity as a telescopic lens, and map the surfaces of nearby exoplanets.

2 years ago

The Milky Way is Surrounded by a Vast Graveyard of Dead Stars

Astronomers have mapped the location of the Milky Way's black holes and neutron stars.

2 years ago

Gravitational Waves Will Give Astronomers a new way to Look Inside Neutron Stars

Astronomers can use gravitational wave data to study the interiors of neutron stars, thanks to new gravitational wave models.

2 years ago

Astronomers Were Fortunate Enough to Catch a Neutron Star Merging With Another Star

A team of astronomers have followed the evolution of a short duration gamma ray burst, one of the most intense…

2 years ago