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Astronomers Discover Bizarre Type Of Hybrid Star
2014-06-05 03:57:41

CU-Boulder In a discovery decades in the making, scientists have detected the first of a “theoretical” class of stars first proposed in 1975 by physicist Kip Thorne and astronomer Anna Żytkow. Thorne-Żytkow objects (TŻOs) are hybrids of red supergiant and neutron stars that superficially resemble normal red supergiants, such as Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion. They differ, however, in their distinct chemical signatures that result from unique activity in their stellar...

Astronomers Discover Hypergiant Star 1300 Times The Size Of Our Sun
2014-03-12 12:34:41

[ Watch the Video: Artist's Impression of Yellow Hypergiant Star HR 5171 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope have discovered the largest yellow star so far. The team discovered yellow hypergiant star HR 5171 in a double star system about 12,000 light-years away from Earth. The star is so huge that it can just about be seen with the naked eye, despite its distance from Earth. “The...

Yellow Supergiant Star
2013-04-06 05:40:34

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Supernovae are important astronomical objects. They tell us about how stars die and are used as measuring sticks to investigate distant galaxies. But there is still some uncertainty as to how the supernova process proceeds in some cases. It is believed that the most common progenitor of Type II supernova is the collapse of supergiant stars. In this phase of their evolution stars oscillate between red supergiant and more...

Betelgeuse Heading For Collision In 5,000 Years
2013-01-22 12:44:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new image released by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows multiple arcs around Betelgeuse, the nearest red supergiant star to Earth. Betelgeuse and its arc-shaped shields could be colliding with a dusty "wall" in the next 5,000 years, according to ESA. The red supergiant star sits at the constellation Orion the Hunter, and can easily be seen with the naked eye in the northern hemisphere winter night sky as an orange-red star to...

Supernova Was Caused By A Yellow Supergiant
2012-09-29 06:47:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of Japanese researchers has discovered evidence that a yellow supergiant (YSG) was, in fact, the progenitor for a recently discovered supernova -- a discovery which they say raises serious questions regarding our understanding of the evolution of massive stars. Melina Bersten of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) and colleagues analyzed evidence and discovered that supernova...

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2011-01-24 07:40:00

Just like out of a good science fiction setting on some far-off planet, our own Earth could soon have a second sun, but only for a limited time. The cosmic phenomenon will occur when one of the brightest stars in our night sky suffers a cataclysmic event -- exploding into a supernova. The supergiant red star Betelgeuse in Orion's nebula is predicted to explode, with the impending supernova possibly even reaching Earth. According to a report released Saturday, the most spectacular light...

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2009-06-10 10:10:00

A study released on Tuesday showed that a massive bright reddish star in the Orion constellation has mysteriously shrunk by over 15 percent in the last 15 years and astronomers have not yet determined the cause, AFP reported. The supergiant star Betelgeuse, which is among the eight brightest stars in our sky, is so large that it would reach to Jupiter's orbit in our solar system. But the star has shrunk at a radius of about five astronomical units in size since 1993 by a distance equivalent...

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2009-03-23 07:35:00

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has identified a star that was one million times brighter than the sun before it exploded as a supernova in 2005. According to current theories of stellar evolution, the star should not have self-destructed so early in its life. "This might mean that we are fundamentally wrong about the evolution of massive stars, and that theories need revising," says Avishay Gal-Yam of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. The doomed star, which is estimated to...

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2009-03-20 08:05:00

Where do supernovae come from? Astronomers have long believed they were exploding stars, but by analyzing a series of images, researchers from the Dark Cosmology Centre at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and from Queens University, Belfast have proven that two dying red supergiant stars produced supernovae. The results are published in the prestigious scientific journal, Science. A star is a large ball of hot gas and in its incredibly hot interior hydrogen atoms combine to...

2008-07-11 15:00:09

Almost two months ago my newborn son began his life just as stars go through a life cycle of their own. Stars are formed from within a nebula, a cloud of gas and dust. Over time, hydrogen gas is pulled together by gravity and begins to spin faster and faster until the gas heats up to spark nuclear fusion in the core, and a new star is formed. In the first stages of life, a star fuses hydrogen gas into helium. Ninety percent of stars are in this main sequence stage. The sun, about 4.5...


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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Supergiant Star -- A star of 15 solar masses exhausts its hydrogen in about one-thousandth the lifetime of our sun. It proceeds through the red giant phase, but when it reaches the triple-alpha process of nuclear fusion, it continues to burn for a time and expands to an even larger volume. The much brighter, but still reddened star is called a red supergiant. Betelgeuse, at the shoulder of Orion, is the best-known example. Absolute luminosities may reach -10 magnitude compared to +5...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
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