Smothered jet may explain weird light from neutron star crash

The glow from the stellar collision has lingered much longer than expected

neutron star illustration

NO WAY OUT  Astronomers thought a merged neutron star’s odd light was explained by a jet facing away from Earth (left in this illustration). But a new study says the jet may have been smothered in a cocoon of debris from the merger, causing the cocoon to glow (right).   

NRAO, AUI, NSF, D. Berry

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