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quark star

[′kwärk ‚stär]
(astronomy)
A hypothetical star so dense that the nucleons have lost their identity and stability is derived from degenerate quarks.
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There may be many strangelets in the universe, existing independently of the quark stars that were able to produce them.
One such bizarre object is termed a strange quark star.
Even before these announcements, the hunt for quark stars was already one of the hottest areas of collaboration between astronomers and theoretical physicists (S&T: August 2001, page 32).
On closer look, however, each showed evidence of being an even smaller, denser object called a quark star or strange star.
A quark star, by contrast, is expected to cool quickly enough to match the observation (by emitting abundant neutrinos very early in life).