Neutron Star Mystery Heats Up with New Study

December 2, 2013 1:04 PM

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Neutron Star Mystery Heats Up with New Study

For years, scientists believed they knew quite a bit about neutron stars, the super dense stars that form when a large star explodes and its core collapses into itself. Now, though, it turns out that they may have to rethink the way they thought the surface of a neutron star can heat itself up. It turns out that new findings have led them to believe that there's another mechanism at play when it comes to these stars.

Scientists have long thought that nuclear reactions within the crusts of neutron stars contributed to heating of the stars' surfaces. It turns out, though, that this may not be the case. The researchers have performed theoretical calculations that identify previously unknown layers where nuclear rea...

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