NASA simulation shows the birth of a black hole as two neutron stars collide

May 13, 2014 10:04 PM

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NASA simulation shows the birth of a black hole as two neutron stars collide

A star undergoes incredible changes when it exhausts its nuclear fuel. The exact nature of those changes depends on how massive the star is, but it usually involves a supernova explosion. The stellar remnant can take many forms, but one of the most fascinating is the neutron star. These super-dense objects can have the mass of 500,000 Earths in a sphere just 12 miles across.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has brought to bear incredible computing power to simulate the collision of two neutron stars to produce one of the few celestial objects more awe-inspiring than a neutron star — a black hole. It is believed that most black holes are the result of a single supermas...

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