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The three panels represent moments before, during, and after the faint supernova iPTF14gqr, visible in the middle panel, appeared in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy located 920 million light years away. The massive star that died in the supernova left behind a neutron star in a very tight binary system. These dense stellar remnants will ultimately spiral into each other and merge in a spectacular explosion, giving off gravitational and electromagnetic waves. Credit: SDSS/Caltech/Keck

Astronomers spot a completely new type of supernova explosion

Astronomers at the Caltech have recently observed the peculiar death of a massive star that exploded in a surprisingly faint and rapidly fading supernova. These...
This is an illustration of a pulsar wind nebula produced by the interaction of the outflow particles from the neutron star with gaseous material in the interstellar medium that the neutron star is plowing through. Such an infrared-only pulsar wind nebula is unusual because it implies a rather low energy of the particles accelerated by the pulsar’s intense magnetic field. This hypothesized model would explain the unusual infrared signature of the neutron star as detected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Credits: NASA, ESA, and N. Tr’Ehnl (Pennsylvania State University)

Hubble uncovers never-before-seen features around a neutron star

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has recently captured an unusual infrared light emission from a nearby neutron star. According to scientists, there might be a dusty disk...
Credits: X-ray (NASA/CXC/ESO/F.Vogt et al); Optical (ESO/VLT/MUSE & NASA/STScI)

Astronomers spot a distant and lonely Neutron star

NASA astronomers have identified a special kind of neutron star, a rare variety that has both a low magnetic field and no stellar companion,...
Artist's concept of two neutron stars colliding. Credit: NSF/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet

Novel way to model stellar explosions

Neutron stars comprise of the densest type of matter known: a neutron star the span of Los Angeles can measure twice as much as...