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Systems of orbiting neutron stars are born when the cores of two old stars collapse in supernova explosions. Neutron stars have the mass of our Sun but are the size of a city, so dense that boundaries between atoms disappear. Einsteins theory of general relativity predicts that the orbit shrinks from ripples of space-time called gravitational waves. After about 1 billion simulation years, the two neutron stars closely circle each other at 60,000 revolutions per minute. The stars finally merge in a few milliseconds, sending out a burst of gravitational waves.

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    Space Science,Astronomy,NSDL,Chemistry,Undergraduate (Upper Division),Science,Neutron Star,Undergraduate (Lower Division),oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061002142543826T,Physics,Higher Education,Space science,Physical sciences,Earth science,Space sciences,Geoscience,Graduate/Professional,NSDL_SetSpec_456144

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