what is a neutron star?

Asked by prakamya | 17th Nov, 2009, 07:18: PM

Expert Answer:

Neutron Star
The imploded core of a massive star produced by a supernova explosion.  (typical mass of 1.4 times the mass of the Sun, radius of about 5 miles, density of a neutron.) According to astronomer and author Frank Shu, "A sugar cube of neutron-star stuff on Earth would weigh as much as all of humanity!" Neutron stars can be observed as pulsars (A rotating neutron star which generates regular pulses of radiation. Pulsars were discovered by observations at radio wavelengths but have since been observed at optical, X-ray, and gamma-ray energies).

Answered by  | 17th Nov, 2009, 08:51: PM

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