Astronomers shed light on densest neutron star ever observed

Photo credit: Keck Observatory — An artist’s impression of the merger of two neutron stars, which produces the intensely powerful event known as a short gamma-ray burst. The corresponding explosion, known as a kilonova, also forges the heaviest elements in the Universe, such as gold and platinum.

The W.M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea announced a pair of celestial discoveries Tuesday, including the heaviest neutron star ever seen.