July 6, 2011
Tiny Star Cannibalizes Larger Star
Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic
A tiny cannibal has been caught in the act, thanks to a superbright flash of x-rays spied by cosmic hunters.
The culprit is what's known as a neutron star, the tiny but very dense corpse of a massive star that died in a supernova blast. Sitting 16,000 light-years away, this particular neutron star is normally among the faintest objects in the x-ray sky.
TAGGED: binary star system, neutron stars