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X-ray emission from massive stars

Massive young stars are known to emit strong X-rays. Unlike the X-ray emission from lower mass stars, however, which arises in stellar photospheres, the X-rays from massive stars are thought to result from powerful shocks. ...

dateOct 26, 2015 in Astronomy
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Final kiss of two stars heading for catastrophe

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers have found the hottest and most massive double star with components so close that they touch each other. The two stars in the extreme system VFTS 352 ...

dateOct 21, 2015 in Astronomy
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Can you kill a star with iron?

Since the energy required to fuse iron is more than the energy that you get from doing it, could you use iron to kill a star like our sun?

dateSep 29, 2015 in Astronomy
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Shocks in a distant gamma-ray burst

Gamma ray bursts (GRBs)—flashes of high-energy light occur about once a day, randomly, from around the sky—are the brightest events in the known universe. While a burst is underway, it is many millions of times brighter ...

dateSep 14, 2015 in Astronomy
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Mysterious, massive, magnetic stars

A Canadian PhD student has discovered a unique object – two massive stars with magnetic fields in a binary system. Matt Shultz of Queen's University, Ontario, Canada found the system – Epsilon Lupi – and will publish ...

dateSep 11, 2015 in Astronomy
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