Scientists have simulated the strongest known material in the universe called ‘nuclear pasta’. It is a material at the heart of the neutron star ‘s crust, taking the form of extremely dense structures that takes on shapes resembling different shapes of pasta, such as lasagna and spaghetti. Researches say the new simulations could help us better understand major astrophysical phenomena, such as gravitational waves.
What are Neutron Stars?
- Neutron stars are the collapsed, burnt out cores of dead stars. When large stars reach the end of their lives their core will collapse, blowing off outer layers of the star.
- A neutron star typically would have a mass that’s perhaps half-a-million times the mass of earth, but the are only about 20 kilometers across.
- A handful of material from the star would weigh as much as Mt Everest
- They are very hot, perhaps a million degrees hot, highly radioactive, and have incredibly intense gravitational intense magnetic fields.