Colliding neutron stars shot a light-speed jet through space

An emerging consensus suggests the crash can explain distant gamma-ray bursts

black hole formation

GREAT ESCAPE  A bright jet of fast-moving particles fled the scene after two neutron stars collided, spewing material and potentially forming a black hole (shown in this artist’s illustration).

O.S. Salafia, G. Ghirlanda, CXC/NASA, GSFC, B. Williams et al

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