Long Read Podcast: Enigmatic neutron stars may soon give up their secrets

An instrument on the International Space Station is providing new insights into some of the Universe’s most baffling objects.


Neutron stars have puzzled scientists for decades. It’s known that these ultra-dense objects are born from the remnants of supernovae, yet what’s under their surface, and what processes that go on within them, remain a mystery.


Now, an instrument called the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer is providing new information to help answer these questions, ushering in a new era of research into these strange stars.


This is an audio version of our feature: The golden age of neutron-star physics has arrived


 

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