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merger of two neutron stars
09/12/11

 

Various stages of the merger of two neutron stars; the sequence of images covers a period of about one hundredths of a second. Once the stars collide material is squeezed out between the stars and gets stripped off from tidal tails. In the material ejected a multitude of nuclear reactions take place producing heavy elements. Credit: Goriely et al. 2011



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