Atoms As Big As Mountains — Neutron Stars Explained

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  • Published: 03 September 2014
  • Neutron Stars are some of the strangest things in the Universe. Not quite massive enough to become black holes they
    are basically atoms as big as mountains with properties so extreme it's mind-blowing. And if you get too close to a neutron star you are in big trouble…

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    Atoms As Big As Mountains – Neutron Stars Explained

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Comments • 7 779

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    • JAVED ANSARI
      JAVED ANSARI  3 weeks back

      This neutron star becomes Black Hole after its core explodes right?

    • EpicBunny Gamer
      EpicBunny Gamer  2 months back

      Stop fucking plugging your merchant on every video please it can be bad for business trust me, as many view your channel as humble

    • DJ S
      DJ S  2 months back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell u got this wrong, it goes oxygen to neon, not neon to oxygen

    • Victor Tous
      Victor Tous  2 months back

      Dear @Kurzgesagt: Please also make a video about Quark Stars. Thanks!

  • WHY
    WHY  21 hours back

    4:15 incorrect, pulsars emit strong pulses of x ray or gamma radiation not radio

    • Kass
      Kass  2 days back

      If we throw a humanoid called dimmy in it will it turn in to dimmy neutrons? Hahaha

      • XTerminateHD
        XTerminateHD  2 days back

        Warum heißt ihr eigentlich Kurzgesagt aber macht Videos auf englisch?

        Why are you called Kurzgesagt but make english videos?

        • Camila Issa Svelti
          Camila Issa Svelti  5 days back

          I have some questions about fusion:


          How does the fusion of neon leads to oxygen if oxygen (8) has a smaller atomic number than neon (10)?
          How are all the other elements made if fusion mainly makes the elements mentioned (H, He, C, Ne, O, Si, Fe)? Do they decay? Or is it something else?

          • José Lucas Pereira Mendonça

            O que acontece se codelicimos um estrela de neutros com o sol ?

            • Kabeer Bedi
              Kabeer Bedi  6 days back

              What is the name of the 2nd part of consciousness-video of you rs

              • Simon Borkovec
                Simon Borkovec  7 days back

                0:41 shrek confirmed

                • Achintya Jain
                  Achintya Jain  7 days back

                  Stars are like onions

                  *SHREK IS A STAR, CONFIRMED*

                  • Noob 333
                    Noob 333  7 days back

                    Correct me if i am wrong but isnt 24% of speed of light 259 200 000 km/h ?

                    • Dawson
                      Dawson  1 weeks back

                      Amazing channel! Imma check out their Patreon and I’ve never done that before. But I rlly wanna see this channel keep growing

                      • stoneman289
                        stoneman289  1 weeks back

                        Damn those degenerate neutrons, always causing trouble

                        • PJP
                          PJP  1 weeks back

                          If a neutron star is so dense and small why doesn't it become a black hole?

                          • How to Do Stuff with Ethan

                            2:26 oof

                            • Sнагк LфL
                              Sнагк LфL  2 weeks back

                              No bitch

                              • shcõõpydoodelelah hubenshmertz the 8billionth

                                doesn't helium fuse into beryllium

                                • mejercit
                                  mejercit  3 weeks back

                                  One million Kelvin?

                                  That is about one million eight hundred thousand Rankine!

                                  Or about one million Celsius. (At seven digit temperatutes, Kelvin and Celsius are practically identical.)

                                  • Tyler L
                                    Tyler L  3 weeks back

                                    Imagine harnessing all the power within that thing

                                    • Aamir Shaikh
                                      Aamir Shaikh  3 weeks back

                                      Awesome!

                                      • TheFamousArthur
                                        TheFamousArthur  3 weeks back

                                        Hydrogen
                                        Helium
                                        Carbon
                                        Neon
                                        Oxygen
                                        Silicon
                                        Iron

                                        • Dasha Youtube
                                          Dasha Youtube  4 weeks back

                                          4:43 Me when the rocket hit the star: BOOM!

                                          • Feynstein 100
                                            Feynstein 100  4 weeks back

                                            Neutron stars are very exciting. The nearest one's 300 light years away iirc. Perhaps someday we'll reach it and study it.

                                            • karate gaming
                                              karate gaming  4 weeks back

                                              Why wasnt a nutren star an infenty stone

                                              • Lucas Hibbs
                                                Lucas Hibbs  4 weeks back

                                                if you detonated a nuke on the surface of a neutron star somehow, since the neutron star has such extreme gravity, would the explosion just move along the surface of the star, instead of mushrooming?

                                                • IvanSensei88
                                                  IvanSensei88  4 weeks back

                                                  So these neutron stars are spinning ridiculously fast, but there's one thing you need to consider. The effect of gravitational time dilation. Stronger gravity = slower flow of time.... so what we're seeing is actually these neutron stars.... spinning in slow motion. So who knows how fast they are *_actually spinning_*

                                                  • Speckey
                                                    Speckey  4 weeks back

                                                    wondering: wouldnt a neutron star count as an own element?

                                                    • BaconHair123
                                                      BaconHair123  4 weeks back

                                                      Thor : I have an weapon from a dying star aka neutron star

                                                      • CoolCreeper39
                                                        CoolCreeper39  4 weeks back

                                                        0:41 *Shrek wants to know your location*

                                                        • Dr. Reslo
                                                          Dr. Reslo  4 weeks back

                                                          4:44 would there even be a Explosion with that gravity (atmosphere not included)

                                                          • Daniel Fresl
                                                            Daniel Fresl  1 months back

                                                            Atom nucleus as big as mountains

                                                            • Diamond king koi
                                                              Diamond king koi  1 months back

                                                              DID I HERE ONIONS

                                                              • The Redstone Master Georgia

                                                                Kurzgesagt, if you don't stop killing birds, Peta will knock on your door

                                                                • t rex
                                                                  t rex  1 months back

                                                                  Infinite Energy Source.

                                                                  • Sven Pettersson
                                                                    Sven Pettersson  1 months back

                                                                    Unbelievably dense and violent?  I've seen quite a few of those activists on other YouTube channels.

                                                                    • sis vs sis
                                                                      sis vs sis  1 months back

                                                                      11:11:1111:11

                                                                      • pakasokoste
                                                                        pakasokoste  1 months back

                                                                        I absolutely love the soundtrack in this video.

                                                                        • Yusr Shahid
                                                                          Yusr Shahid  1 months back

                                                                          2:52 police box

                                                                          • sugiono kakek ramah
                                                                            sugiono kakek ramah  1 months back

                                                                            Thanos:"The end...is near..."
                                                                            Neuron stars:"im gonna end this man whole career"

                                                                          • NIGHTMARE SPRINGTRAP Var
                                                                            NIGHTMARE SPRINGTRAP Var  1 months back

                                                                            Neutron stars are like black holes

                                                                            • Nagendra Putti
                                                                              Nagendra Putti  2 months back

                                                                              Why isn't a black hole formed

                                                                              • Edu CN
                                                                                Edu CN  1 months back

                                                                                Not enough mass? Idk

                                                                            • Joshwango HAMMER
                                                                              Joshwango HAMMER  2 months back

                                                                              I’m just surprised that a iron cube 700 meters across weighs as much as Mt. Everest

                                                                            • Santiago Fassio
                                                                              Santiago Fassio  2 months back

                                                                              Taking the pressure in count...
                                                                              So an atomic bomb in the neutron star’s surface would be a lot weaker than a firecracker?

                                                                              • Aditya Chakraborty
                                                                                Aditya Chakraborty  2 months back

                                                                                We have found a new star .
                                                                                What should we call it .
                                                                                Kurzgesagt- in a nutshell.....

                                                                                • Lone wolf
                                                                                  Lone wolf  2 months back

                                                                                  How the f*ck do they study something they can’t even see

                                                                                  • Priyanshu Dhal
                                                                                    Priyanshu Dhal  2 months back

                                                                                    May we have these lessons in school

                                                                                    • a ramdom astronomy star
                                                                                      a ramdom astronomy star  2 months back

                                                                                      But what about neutron planet

                                                                                      • Uriah
                                                                                        Uriah  2 months back

                                                                                        How to name a star:

                                                                                        1: put HD-

                                                                                        2: put random numbers

                                                                                        HD-26353181

                                                                                        Boom
                                                                                        *mindblown*