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2007-05-09 09:06:08

ESA's X-ray observatory XMM-Newton has revealed a new class of exploding stars "“ where the X-ray emission "Ëœlives fast and dies young'. The identification of this particular class of explosions gives astronomers a valuable new constraint to help them model and understand stellar explosions. Exploding stars called novae remain a puzzle to astronomers. "Modelling these outbursts is very difficult," says Wolfgang Pietsch of the Max Planck Institut fr Extraterrestrische Physik....

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2005-02-03 09:20:00

Hubble -- The Hubble Space Telescope's latest image of the star V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) reveals dramatic changes in the illumination of surrounding dusty cloud structures. The effect, called a light echo, has been unveiling never-before-seen dust patterns ever since the star suddenly brightened for several weeks in early 2002.The illumination of interstellar dust comes from the red supergiant star at the middle of the image, which gave off a pulse of light three years ago, somewhat...