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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Forget dark matter, STRANGE matter could be lurking somewhere in the universe

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  • Scientists at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil say an undiscovered type of matter could be found in neutron stars

  • Here matter is so dense that it could be 'squashed' into strange matter

  • This would create an entire 'strange star' - unlike anything we have seen

  • However, the exact properties of strange matter are unknown

  • If it exists, though, it could help scientists discover ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves


Neutron stars are among the densest objects in the universe - just a spoonful of matter from one of them would weigh more than the moon.


But inside these remarkable stellar objects, which are no bigger than a city on Earth, a remarkable process might be taking place.


Scientists have revealed their matter might become so squashed that it turns into ‘strange matter’ - and observing so-called strange stars could unlock some of the secrets of the universe.


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Scientists at the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil say an undiscovered type of matter could be found in neutron stars (illustration shown). Here matter is so dense that it could be 'squashed' into strange matter. This would create an entire 'strange star' - unlike anything we have seen



The latest theory was proposed by Dr Pedro Moraes and Dr Oswaldo Miranda, both of the National Institute for Space Research in Brazil.


They say that some types of neutron stars might be made of a new type of matter called strange matter.


What the properties of this matter would be, though, are unknown - but it would likely be a ‘liquid’ of several types of sub-atomic particles.


Source: daily mail