A neutron star in the Eye of Sauron?

  • Katja Poppenhaeger

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A review of my publication "A Test of the Neutron Star Hypothesis for Fomalhaut b" was presented on the Blog "Astrobites". Astrobites is a review website run by a worldwide collaboration of PhD students in Astrophysics.

Period24 Mar 2017

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  • Title A neutron star in the Eye of Sauron?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletAstrobites
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    DescriptionWhen you go somewhere with relatively dark skies, you can pull up your smartphone and that handy planetarium app, look for the star Fomalhaut in the constellation of Pisces, and then point it to your friend and say: You see, there is a planet orbiting that star, and we have literally seen it with our telescopes! — But there is a catch: The little blob of light which was directly observed by Hubble is weird, and it doesn’t really look like a planet. In fact, some astronomers have proposed it could be a neutron star. Gasp!
    PersonsKatja Poppenhaeger