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Rare dead star found near Earth

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posted on Aug, 20 2007 @ 03:24 PM
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Astronomers have spotted a space oddity in Earth's neighbourhood: a dead star with some unusual characteristics.

The object - known as a neutron star - was studied using space telescopes and ground-based observatories.

But this one, located in the constellation Ursa Minor, seems to lack some key characteristics found in other neutron stars.

If confirmed, it would be only the eighth known "isolated neutron star" - meaning a neutron star that does not have an associated supernova remnant, binary companion, or radio pulsations.

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Interesting find! It will be nice to hear some more about this.




posted on Aug, 20 2007 @ 03:50 PM
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You should really clarify the phrase "near Earth". Space.com is reporting that it is about 250 to 1,000 light years away. So the closest it could be is roughly 1,469,000,000,000,000 miles away.

One point five quadrillion miles isn't exactly just down the road past the Quik-E-Mart


Not exactly "near Earth", is it?



[edit on 20-8-2007 by Reality Hurts]



posted on Aug, 20 2007 @ 03:53 PM
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The authors estimate that the object is 250 to 1,000 light-years away. This would make Calvera one of the closest neutron stars to Earth - and possibly the closest.


According to the Astrophysical Journal it's possibly THE closest neutron star to Earth... although that's still probably not saying much.



posted on Aug, 20 2007 @ 04:40 PM
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personally i do find that close to earth in the galactic sense.

interesting i wonder what other special things it might have.




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