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Vampires and collisions rejuvenate stars

Stars in globular clusters are generally extremely old, with ages of 12-13 billion years. However, a small fraction of them appear to be significantly younger than the average population and, because they seem to have been ...

dateDec 23, 2009 in Astronomy
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A New Method of Estimating Stellar Distances

( -- The star Chi Cygni is located about 550 light-years away, in the direction of the constellation of Cygnus the Swan. It is a notable star because, unlike the sun which still burns hydrogen and is in its mature ...

dateDec 21, 2009 in Astronomy
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Giant Planet Set for a Cataclysmic Show

( -- A team of Chinese astronomers have discovered a giant planet close to the exotic binary star system QS Virginis. Although dormant now, in the future the two stars will one day erupt in a violent nova outburst. ...

dateDec 16, 2009 in Astronomy
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