"Black widow" neutron star devoured its mate to become the heaviest found yet

“Black widow” neutron star devoured its mate to become the heaviest found yet

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

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