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neutron star a small highly dense star composed almost entirely of highly packed neurtons
pulsar a source of short precisely time radio bursts. Believed to be a spinning neutron star
lighthouse model the explanation of a pulsar as a spinning neutron star sweeping beems of radior radiation
pulsar wind the flow of high energy particles that carries most of the energy in a spinning neutron star
glitch sudden change in a period of a pulsar
magneter class of neutron stars that have exceedingly strong magnetic fields
millisecond a pulsar with a period of a millisecond
gravitational radiation as predicted by general relativity expanding waves in a gravitational field that transport energy through space
singularity the object of zero radius into which the matter in a black hole is believed to fall
black hole a mass that has collapsed to such a small volume that its gravitational strength prevents the escape of all radiation.
event horizon the boundary of the region of a black hole from which no radiation may escape
Schwarzchild radius the radius of the event horizon around a blackhole
Kerr black hole solution to equations of general relativity that describes properties of rotation around a black hole
ergosphere the region surrounding a rotating black hole when it could not resist being dragged around a black hole
time dilation slowing of moving clocks or clocks in a strong gravitational field
gravitational redshift the lengthening of the wavelength of a photon due to its escape from gravitational field
x ray burster an object that produces repeated bursts of xrays
quasi periodic oscillations a high speed flickering in the radiation from an accretion disk spiralling inward
gamma ray burster an object that produces a sudden burst of gamma rays
soft gamma ray repeater object that produces repeated bursts of lower energy gamma rays
hypernova the explosion produced as a very massive star collapses into a black hole
Created by: tmckee