Neutron star ‘Black Widow’ devours her partner in heaviest encounter yet

Neutron star 'Black Widow' devours her partner in heaviest encounter yet

Zoom in / A neutron star periodically spins its radio (green) and gamma-ray (magenta) beams past Earth. A black widow pulsar heats the side of its stellar partner to temperatures twice as hot as the Sun’s surface and slowly evaporates it. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Astronomers have determined the heaviest neutron star known to …

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