The strangest worlds in the universe .. The discovery of a group of “zombie planets”

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Stars shine through a process of nuclear fusion in which lighter atoms such as hydrogen fuse together to form heavier atoms.

This process releases huge amounts of energy that counteract the constant inner pull of the star’s gravity. Ultimately, the merger helps stars resist gravitational collapse.

This balance of forces is called “hydrostatic equilibrium.” However, there will come a time when the fuel supply at the core of the star will start to run out and eventually die.

Stars with a mass more than eight times the mass of the Sun usually burn out with their fuel in less than 100 million years. Once the fusion stops, the star collapses – generating an instant, massive final explosion of nuclear fusion, which causes the star to explode in a supernova.

The supernova releases enough energy to outpace the galaxy in which it occurs. What remains after the collapse and death of stellar cores are called neutron stars or, if the dead star is massive enough, a black hole.

Any planets orbiting a star will be eliminated when it transforms into a supernova. But in mysterious circumstances, scientists discovered a group of “zombie planets”, which revolve around neutron stars, one of the strangest worlds in the universe.

Neutron stars are extremely dense, containing a mass equal to the mass of the Sun only a few miles away. Some neutron stars emit beams of radio waves into space – and planets have been found around these “pulsating” stars.

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