Even Dense Neutron Stars Fall like a Feather

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Credit: Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF

Harnessing the exquisite sensitivity of the National Science Foundations Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomers have given one of Einsteins predictions on gravity its most stringent test yet. By precisely tracking the meanderings of three stars in a single system two white dwarf stars and one ultra-dense neutron star the researchers determined that even phenomenally compact neutron stars fall in the same manner as their less-dense counterparts, an aspect of nature called the Strong Equivalence Principle.

Image Source: https://public.nrao.edu/news/neutron-stars-fall/

Curator: NRAO/AUI/NSF, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

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Artwork
Object Name
PSR J0337+1715
Subject - Milky Way
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Neutron Star > Pulsar
Star > Evolutionary Stage > White Dwarf

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4,200 light years
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Subject Category
B.3.1.9.1   B.3.1.7  
Subject Name
PSR J0337+1715
Credits
Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF
Release Date
0000
Lightyears
4,200
Redshift
4,200
Reference Url
https://public.nrao.edu/news/neutron-stars-fall/
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Artwork
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Good
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Equinox
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NRAO/AUI/NSF
URL
https://public.nrao.edu
Name
NRAO/AUI/NSF
Email
outreach@nrao.edu
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520 Edgemont Road
City
Charlottesville
State/Province
Virginia
Publisher
NRAO/AUI/NSF
Publisher ID
nrao
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Metadata Date
2018-07-10T12:21:48-04:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Universescalefull
4,200 light years