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Helium pair have regular violent flare ups

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of astronomers led by Dr Gavin Ramsay of Armagh Observatory have spotted violent eruptions from an interacting pair of stars that orbit around each other every 25 minutes. Unusually, ...

May 24, 2010
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Unique eclipsing binary star system discovered

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astrophysicists at UC Santa Barbara are the first scientists to identify two white dwarf stars in an eclipsing binary system, allowing for the first direct radius measurement of a rare white ...

May 19, 2010
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Measuring a Monstrous Supernova

A rare Type Ia supernova whose progenitor star had a mass some two and a half times that of our sun - much more mass than a Type Ia progenitor should be able to accumulate before it explodes - has led members ...

Mar 25, 2010
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Chandra Reveals Origin of Key Cosmic Explosions

(PhysOrg.com) -- New findings from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have provided a major advance in understanding a type of supernova critical for studying the dark energy that astronomers think pervades ...

Feb 17, 2010
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Giant Planet Set for a Cataclysmic Show

(PhysOrg.com) -- 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 ...

Dec 16, 2009
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Ticking stellar time bomb identified (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- "One of the major problems in modern astrophysics is the fact that we still do not know exactly what kinds of stellar system explode as a Type Ia supernova," says Patrick Woudt, from the University ...

Nov 17, 2009
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