Our universe’s most extreme stars sometimes ‘glitch’ — we may now know why

Scientists may finally understand the dynamics of neutron star “glitches” that occur when these ultradense dead stars suddenly speed up their spins. It would appear that the strange behavior may be caused when tiny vortices of swirling inner material “break the surface” of these intense stellar corpses.

The new breakthrough in understanding neutron star behavior interestingly comes from a unified team of astrophysicists and quantum physicists  — who typically study  interactions that govern the subatomic  world —  studying an exotic form of matter here on Earth.