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Neutron Superfluids in Stars?

This image shows a composite X-ray (red, green, and blue) and optical (gold) view of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, located about 11,000 light years away. At the heart of this supernova remnant is a neutron star. After ten years of observations, astronomers have found a 4% decline in the temperature of this neutron star, which cannot be accounted for in current theory. Two research teams have independently found that this cooling could be due to the star converting the neutrons in its core into a superfluid. As the neutron superfluid is formed, neutrinos are emitted; this decreases the energy in the star and causes more rapid cooling. See Wired for more. #

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