View Full Version : Hot Spots Seen on Neutron Stars

2005-Sep-06, 07:51 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers have seen high temperature "hotspots" rotating across the surface of three nearby neutron stars using the ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray telescope. Even though these neutron stars are hundreds of light-years away, astronomers can calculate the size of the hotspots down to dozens of metres - some are the size of a football field, and others the size of a golf course. The hotspots are somehow related to the stars' powerful magnetic fields, but the exact mechanism is still a mystery.

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