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NASA’s NICER Probes the Squeezability of Neutron Stars

17 Apr 2021, 15:00 UTC
NASA’s NICER Probes the Squeezability of Neutron Stars NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Conceptual Image Lab

Matter in the hearts of neutron stars ­– dense remnants of exploded massive stars – takes the most extreme form we can measure. Now, thanks to data from NASA’s Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), an X-ray telescope on the International Space Station, scientists have discovered that this mysterious matter is less squeezable than some physicists predicted.

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