Mystery Object in Local Universe –“I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This” (A 2018 Most Viewed)

Neutron Star in Crab Nebula

 

“It was 11 o’clock on a Sunday night, and I said to myself, ‘I better tell everybody about this,” says Stephen Smartt, an astrophysicist at Queen’s University Belfast and lead scientist for the Hawaii-based ATLAS survey, which first observed the object that has rocked astronomy since its discovery in June, 2018. “I’ve never seen anything like this before in the local universe. It popped up out of nowhere.”

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“Hiding in Plain Sight” –Neutron Stars Hint at Known Unknowns About the Dark Side of Our Universe

 

“If we did discover exotic neutron decays, then we would in the same stroke also learn something amazing about the dark side of our universe—the survival of massive neutron stars would then immediately tell us that there isn’t just one dark matter particle, but a whole set of dark particles with their own dark forces.” said Jessie Shelton, physicist at the University of University of Illinois who has won awards from MIT and the LHC Theory Initiative working on a broad range of topics in particle physics beyond the Standard Model, with particular interests in dark matter, top quarks, and the Higgs boson.

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