NuStar -- 001

NuStar -- 001

doomed neutron stars

Doomed neutron stars whirl toward their demise in this illustration. Gravitational waves (pale arcs) bleed away orbital energy, causing the stars to move closer together and merge. As the stars collide, some of the debris blasts away in particle jets moving at nearly the speed of light, producing a brief burst of gamma rays.

IMAGE: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab