A Vampire Star and Its Victim Artists Illustration
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A Vampire Star and Its Victim (Artist's Illustration)

August 28, 2012
New research using data from European Southern Observatory telescopes, including the Very Large Telescope, has revealed that the hottest and brightest stars, known as O stars, are often found in close pairs. Many of these binaries transfer mass from one star to another, a kind of stellar vampirism depicted in this artist's impression. Image Type: Illustration Illustration Credit: ESA, NASA, L. Calcada (ESO), and S.E. de Mink (STScI) Science Credit: ESA, NASA, H. Sana (Amsterdam University), and S.E. de Mink (STScI)

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