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Fraser
2009-Nov-04, 06:40 PM
A Chandra X-ray Observatory image of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. Credit: NASA/CXC Supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A) has always been an enigma. While the explosion that created this supernova was obviously a powerful event, the visual brightness of the outburst that occurred over 300 years ago was much less than a normal supernova, [...]

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BigDon
2009-Nov-04, 08:11 PM
I had never thought of a neutron star as having an atmosphere. I always thought anything in contact would be crushed down into more neutronium.

Oh well, that's why I come here. :)