During a supernova explosion, the center of a star can be
extremely compressed and can collapse until the neutrons in the star cannot be pushed closer
together. Most of the star is then a gas containing neutrons only, or perhaps the still
smaller particles called quarks. The star is now a neutron star.
Neutron stars are too small and faint to be seen directly in visible light, but some
neutron stars give off beams of radio radiation. As the star rotates very rapidly
(approximately once every second), the beam of radiation sweeps by the earth.
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