Artist’s impression of strontium emerging from a neutron star merger

A team of European researchers, using data from the X-shooter instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, has found signatures of strontium formed in a neutron-star merger. This artist’s impression shows two tiny but very dense neutron stars at the point at which they merge and explode as a kilonova. In the foreground, we see a representation of freshly created strontium.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1917a
Type:Artwork
Release date:23 October 2019, 19:00
Related releases:eso1917
Size:5000 x 3293 px

About the Object

Name:GW170817
Type:Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star
Category:Stars

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