Until now, scientists were pretty sure they knew how the surface of a neutron star – a super dense star that forms when a large star explodes and its core collapses into itself – can heat itself up. However, research by a team of scientists led by a Michigan State University physicist has researchers rethinking that theory.
Astronomers using NASA's Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they can use to understand these extremely dense objects.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has for the first time discovered a superfluid - a weird, friction-free state of matter - at the core of a neutron star.
Three 'citizen scientists' putting their home computers to work when they would otherwise have been idle have discovered a rare rotating pulsar.