An X-Ray image of a supernova remnant and its central neutron star
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ROSAT satellite image courtesy of NASA
Neutron Stars form when really big stars die. When such a star runs out of fuel its center begins to collapse under gravity. When the center collapses the entire star collapses. The surface of the star falls down until it hits the center. It bounces off the hardened core and blows up in a supernova
. What is left behind is the collapsed core, a Neutron Star or sometimes a Black Hole
An average neutron star is the size of a small city. But it may have the mass of three suns. It is very dense. One spoonful of neutron star material on Earth would weigh as much as all the cars on Earth put together. Weird!
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