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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Neutron Star Collision

Image Source   : National Aeronautics Space Administration
Image Credit     : NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / CI Lab
Published Date : 17th October 2017
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Credit                : Image of the Day | Stars | Universe | NASA | Goddard Space Flight Center

    This illustration shows the hot, dense, expanding cloud of debris stripped from two neutron stars just before collided. Within this neutron-rich debris, large quantities of some of the universe's heaviest elements were forged,including hundreds of Earth masses of gold and platinum.

     This represents the first time scientists detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light years from Earth in the constellation of Hydra.

Text Credit : Tvette Smith / NASA 


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