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NASA shares picture of star which weighs as much as Mount Everest

NASA said that the "matter in the neutron star is packed together so tightly that a sugar-cube-sized amount of neutron star material would weigh more than 1 billion tonnes"

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NASA shares picture of star which weighs as much as Mount Everest
Astronomers first detected the neutron star in 2016 by using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other X-ray observatories

NASA has shared a scintillating image of a neutron star in the middle of a supernova remnant via its Chandra X-ray observatory telescope.

The US space agency has claimed that the weight of the neutron star would be equal to the weight of Mount Everest.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA said that the "matter in the neutron star is packed together so tightly that a sugar-cube-sized amount of neutron star material would weigh more than 1 billion tonnes".

Astronomers first detected the neutron star in 2016 by using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other X-ray observatories.

According to NASA, the neutron at the centre of RCW 103, the remains of a supernova explosion is rotating at once every 24,000 seconds (6.67 hours). It the slowest spinning neutron star ever detected.

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is a telescope specially designed to detect X-ray emission from very hot regions of the Universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes.

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