What Are A Few Types of Neutron Stars

Our universe is mysterious with much of it unexplored. The vast universe is comprised of various objects and celestial bodies that are far beyond our reach. What is highly compelling is the expansive nature of our universe that cultivates trillions of stars and millions of galaxies. Even with our best equipment and latest technological intervention, […]

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July 13, 2020

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Our universe is mysterious with much of it unexplored. The vast universe is comprised of various objects and celestial bodies that are far beyond our reach. What is highly compelling is the expansive nature of our universe that cultivates trillions of stars and millions of galaxies. Even with our best equipment and latest technological intervention, we can hardly fathom or see the expansiveness of our universe. For billions of years, stars have been formed. What is exciting is that just like any other matter, stars seem to fade away as well and lose its life essence.

Stars are made up of various minerals, some of those might still be unknown to us. However, stars have a lifecycle; they form, grow, and eventually start to die. When stars lose their life essence and loses its fuel, the core collapses, compressing the star. Once the core collapses, it crushes all the protons and electron to form neutrons. The massive reactions and the new neutrons eventually stop the collapse and leave behind a highly dense object. The compression is very aggressive and, for example, a star as big as our sun would be compressed into a 20km ball. If it were to happen to our earth, it would be compressed to the size of a mountain.  Neutrons stars also have different categories and each star reacts differently. A good neutron star example would be pulsars, which keep rotating and emit pulses or radiation at regular intervals. However, here are a few types of neutron stars:

Pulsars

Most neutron stars turn into pulsars. The dense mass of pulsars rotates constantly and releases pulse of radiation at regular intervals. The pulses are released from its magnetic poles and can be witnessed as very powerful beams of light. However, beams released by pulsars cannot be seen unless directly pointing towards you.

Magnetars

Another form of neutron stars is magnetars. Magnetars are also dense in mass but they have a very powerful magnetic force. If compared to earth, the magnetic force of magnetars would be at least a 1000 times stronger. Just like any other neutron star, the surface of a magnetars is tightly locked together. Therefore, a slight shift in mass on one end would adequately affect the rest of the mass. A good example to illustrate it is to think of a ball made up of smaller magnets; when one end shifts, it affects the entire ball.

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