Journey Into Space: Gravity, Orbits, and Collisions
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Binary Neutron Star

Watch as two neutron stars collide. Sometimes neutron stars begin to orbit around one another and their gravity pulls them closer and closer until they crash into each other. Neutron stars are very dense one teaspoon of their matter can weigh 5 billion tons! It is rare, but when two neutron stars collide it can be seen billions of light years away.

Animation authored by David Bock (NCSA Visualization and Virtual Environments Group)

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