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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul | Turkey (by Stefan Holm)

<b>Hagia Sophia, Istanbul | Turkey</b> (by Stefan Holm)





One of the most violent events in the universe: a pair of neutron stars colliding, merging and forming a black hole. A neutron star is the compressed core left behind when a star born with between eight and 30 times the sun's mass explodes as a supernova. Neutron stars pack about 1.5 times the mass of the sun - equivalent to about half a million Earths - into a ball just 12 miles (20 km) across. As the stars spiral toward each other, intense tides begin to deform them, possibly cracking their crusts. Neutron stars possess incredible density, but their surfaces are comparatively thin, with densities about a million times greater than gold. Their interiors crush matter to a much greater degree densities rise by 100 million times in their centers. To begin to imagine such mind-boggling densities, consider that a cubic centimeter of neutron star matter outweighs Mount Everest. Credit

The "Bica" Funicular - Lisbon, Portugal