Neutron Stars Create New Exotic Form of Matter Not Found on Earth (News)

 Image: Neutron star which powers the Crab Nebula

The recent discovery is a new state of matter which cannot be created on Earth. This matter is noticed in the nearby neutron star which is undergoing a rapid chill after the collapse of its dense core. The core is so dense that the atmoic nuclei dissolve, and protons and electrons combine to form a soup which is dominated by neutrons.

These neutrons pair up to form a super fluid when conditions are perfect. This has been a theory until now, when the Chandra X-ray Observatory has given measurements of a 330 year old neutron star. The measurements show that the star has cooled very fast with the temperature dropping almost 4% in 11 years.




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