Merger of Neutron Stars

Merger of Neutron Stars
(Credit: P.J.T. Leonard (NASA/GSFC))

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One model for GRBs is a binary pair of neutron stars, with their orbital separation ground down by billions of years of gravitational radiation, finally merging to form a black hole. In the process of merging the neutron stars tear each other apart, forming an accretion disk and jets.

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