Vampire Star and Its Victim
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Vampire Star and Its Victim

July 27, 2012
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.

Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/S.E. de Mink

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