The ‘biggest’ stars in the universe were discovered, 700K times as massive as the Earth

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The mass of the Sun. Almost 700,000 times heavier than the Earth. A team of researchers has discovered the most massive neutron star ever measured,” one that is regarded as to be “almost too massive to be.”

The star, best known as the J0740+6620, is located approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth and is only about 5 miles wide, it is a measure that is “approaching the limits of what is solid and compact, a single object can easily damage themselves in a black hole.”

“Neutron stars are as mysterious as they are fascinating,” she said Gratefully, Cromartie, a graduate student at the University of Virginia, in a statement. “This is a city-sized objects that are, in essence, ginormous cores. They are so massive that their interiors can take on strange properties. Find out the maximum weight that the physics and nature, as it will allow you can teach us a lot about the otherwise inaccessible areas of astrophysics.”

An Artist’s impression of the pulse of a huge neutron star is slowed down by the passage of a white-dwarf star between the neutron star and the Earth. This phenomenon is known as the “Shapiro time Delay.” In essence, the centre of gravity of the white dwarf star, is slightly distorting the space around it, in accordance with Einstein’s general theory of relativity. (Credit: SWNS)


Neutron stars are the compressed remnants of the supernova, and are created when giant stars collapse, the explosions of almost unimaginable size and power. To put it in perspective, a single sugar cube on the J0740+6620, which is 2.17 times the mass of our Sun, it would weigh approximately 100 million tons, or roughly the same as that of the entire human population, according to the statement.

One of the study’s co-author, Maura McLaughlin, said that in neutron stars, which are almost as dense as black holes and dark matter, have been “very exotic.”

“We don’t know what they are made of, and it is a very important question is,” How huge you are one of those stars?’ It has implications for many of the exotic materials that we just can’t make it in to a lab on the planet,” McLaughlin said in a statement.

U.S. is Maura McLaughlin, and Duncan Lorimer for the use of the Green Bank Observatory is to research. Here, McLaughlin and Lorimer are on the top of the Green Bank Telescope, which is used for the detection of the most massive neutron star ever. (CREDIT: Scott Lituchy/the University of the West of Virginia.)


Neutron stars also known as pulsars) are extremely hostile environments, under extreme temperatures, and the promotion of an intense magnetic field. They are also radioactive, which adds to the interest of researchers in them.

“If it doesn’t, the pulsar is behind its white dwarf companion, there is a subtle (on the order of 10 millionths of a second), a delay in the arrival of signals,” the statement read, adding that it is well-known as the “Shapiro time Delay.”

The Shapiro time Delay is the time delay between the time the radio waves take to reach Earth, and the period of time that they will pass it on to the front of the pulsar, in part, caused by a white dwarf star, warps the space around it, as is stated in the famous Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Professor Scott Ransom, one of the study’s co-authors, who also noted that the orientation of the star system, “is a wonderful cosmic laboratory.”

“Neutron stars have a tipping point where its interior is very dense, so much so that the force of gravity overwhelms it, and the ability of the neutrons to resist further collapse,” Ransom said in a statement.”Each of the “large” neutron star, we find it brings us closer to the identification of a tipping point, and it helps us to understand the physics of the matter, this is mind-boggling abundance.”

The neutron star is initially detected by the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, and the research has been published in the journal, Nature, Astronomy.


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