Monday, July 30, 2012

O-Star Vampirism

New research using data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope has revealed that the hottest and brightest stars, which are known as O stars, are often found in close pairs. Many of such binaries transfer mass from one star to another, a kind of stellar vampirism depicted in this artist’s impression.

Illustration credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/S.E. de Mink

Note: For more information, see The Brightest Stars Don't Live Alone.

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