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New Scientist SPACE – Breaking News – ‘Starquake’ explosion rips neutron star open

Astronomers have measured the thickness of the crust of a neutron star for the first time. The technique, which involves studying how the dense stellar corpse reverberates during a “starquake”, may one day reveal the nature of the exotic matter thought to lie at the star’s core.

“We think this explosion, the biggest of its kind ever observed, really jolted the star and literally started it ringing like a bell,” says Strohmayer. “The vibrations created in the explosion, although faint, provide very specific clues about what makes up these bizarre objects.”

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Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 10:56 am

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