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Neutron star bites off more than it can chew

28 Jun 2011, 10:00 UTC
Neutron star bites off more than it can chew

ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory has watched a faint star flare up at X-ray wavelengths to almost 10 000 times its normal brightness. Astronomers believe the outburst was caused by the star trying to eat a giant clump of matter.

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