Artist's impression of Her X-1
January 8, 2013
Hercules X-1 is a prototypical binary system formed by a pulsar (a neutron star) and a low mass companion star. In this system mass flows from the companion onto the neutron star, forming an accretion disk.
Topics: Entertainment Culture, Human Interest, Space, Star types, Astronomy, Hercules X-1, Neutron stars, Semidetached binaries, Exotic matter, Accretion disc, Universe, Pulsar, Binary star, Radio astronomy