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2008-06-29 06:00:57

By Luntz, Stephen A beautiful star system may eventually be a threat to Earth, although its discoverer stresses that the risk is small. Wolf-Rayet stars are considered the time bombs of the galaxy, likely to explode as supernovae in astronomically short timescales. They are enormous - generally tens of solar masses - and shedding material 100 billion times as fast as the Sun. Being close to a supernova is a health hazard for a living planet, but from a few hundred light-years away all one...