The Merging Scenario (artist’s impression)

Animation of two neutron stars orbiting each other and gradually being dragged together. The end result is a gigantic explosion where two jets are emitted. If one of the jets points toward the Earth we observe a short gamma-ray burst.

Credit:

Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institue, University of Copenhagen/Jan Rasmussen DRC

About the Image

Id:eso0533c
Type:Artwork
Release date:6 October 2005
Related releases:eso0533
Size:2440 x 1836 px

About the Object

Name:Gamma-ray burst, Neutron star
Type:• Unspecified : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star
• Unspecified : Cosmology : Phenomenon : Gamma Ray Burst

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