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    Bizarre star could host a neutron star in its core : Nature News & Comment

    Most interesting. If this ends up being confirmed, it will be another great demonstration of the predictive power of General Relativity.


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    Very interesting, I wonder how long it will be before we get the first crackpot "theory" about it...


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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
    Very interesting, I wonder how long it will be before we get the first crackpot "theory" about it...
    It won't be long, unfortunately.
    It should be noted that this class of objects was first theoretically predicted and examined by Thorne and Zytkow ( duh ! ) in 1977, so the idea is not really new. It is only now that we have the astronomical tools to search for them.
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    How cool would it be if the object exceeded the TOV limit, and a gravitational collapse were actively observed! Although the information of that event might still be several lifetimes away. Be way cool if we see it next week!
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    Does the ultradense neutron star (as mentioned in the article) replace the core of the dying red giant or does the neutron star reside in the core?
    Anyway, I have never heard of Thorne-Zytkow Objects, but nothing should surprise me anymore when it comes to astronomy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
    Does the ultradense neutron star (as mentioned in the article) replace the core of the dying red giant or does the neutron star reside in the core?
    Anyway, I have never heard of Thorne-Zytkow Objects, but nothing should surprise me anymore when it comes to astronomy.
    It appears that the neutron star is captured by the red giant.
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