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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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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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Oddball stars discovered in new Hubble images

(PhysOrg.com) -- Professor Adrienne Cool has discovered 24 unusual stars in an ancient star cluster in the Milky Way. Made of helium rather than the usual carbon and oxygen, these white dwarf stars appear ...

Apr 27, 2009
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Into the eye of the helix

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Helix Nebula, NGC 7293, lies about 700 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius (the Water Bearer). It is one of the closest and most spectacular examples of a planetary nebula.

Feb 25, 2009
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Dead Stars Tell Story of Planet Birth

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers have turned to an unexpected place to study the evolution of planets -- dead stars. Observations made with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal six dead "white dwarf" stars littered ...

Jan 05, 2009
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The spectra of white dwarf stars

Yesterday I talked about the Higgs, and how its discovery has led to a flurry of articles about how it might apply to astrophysics. So today here's another example, and this one's interesting because it's ...

Oct 09, 2014
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The evidence for pair-instability supernovae

A supernova is a stellar explosion. They can occur when a large star exhausts its ability to fuse hydrogen into higher elements, and its core collapses. The resulting rebound rips apart the outer layers of ...

Oct 06, 2014
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