Neutron stars are among the densest objects in the universe. Neutron stars are the angry ghosts of giant stars: hot, whirling cores of exotic matter left behind after supernovas. Like thermoses filled with hot noodle soup, it takes eons for them to cool down. But now, researchers think they know how these stars do it: with a giant helping of pasta.
No, these ultradense stellar corpses aren’t filled with spaghetti. Instead, neutron stars cool down by releasing ethereal particles known as neutrinos . And the new study shows they accomplish that task thanks to an in-between type of matter known […]
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