What Is the Heaviest Thing in the Universe?

As a big star runs out of fuel to burn, it begins to shrink. And as it shrinks, all its atoms are crushed together into a smaller and smaller area.

Then, even the particles that make up the atoms are squashed together too. The result is a small, very heavy ball of atoms called a neutron star.

A neutron star with the same number of atoms as the sun may be less than five miles across! A thimbleful of this star would weigh 74 billion tons.

Even a piece of a neutron star no bigger than your fingernail would weigh 2,000,000,000,000 pounds!

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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