Thermonuclear X-ray bursts on neutron stars set speed record
A new discovery has been published by Astronomy & Astrophysics of the fasted outflows from any thermonuclear explosion on stars. During two powerful X-ray bursts from neutron stars, outflow velocities are observed that reach a third of the speed of light. This is a speed record for thermonuclear explosion, and faster than novae or supernovae. The study was coauthored by Dr. Laurens Keek at the CRA.