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Astronomers produce first detailed images of surface of giant star

An international team of astronomers has produced the first detailed images of the surface of a giant star outside our solar system, revealing a nearly circular, dust-free atmosphere with complex areas of moving material, known as convection cells or granules, according to a recent study. The giant star, named π1Gruis, ...

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Star in the constellation Pisces is ‘eating’ planets

Like the ancient Greek god Cronus who devoured his children, a star 550 light years from Earth has been discovered to be slowly consuming its “offspring” — crushing one or more planets in its orbit into vast clouds of gas and dust. The discovery that RZ Piscium — located in ...

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A Crazy Supernova Looks Like a New Kind of Dying Star

In September 2014, astronomers saw a dimming point of light in a small galaxy half a billion light-years away. It looked like an ordinary supernova—a dying star that exploded and whose light was now petering out. But the following January, Zheng “Andrew” Wong, a student intern at Las Cumbres Observatory ...

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Astronomers discover a star that would not die

An international team of astronomers led by Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) has made a bizarre discovery; a star that refuses to stop shining. Supernovae, the explosions of stars, have been observed in the thousands and in all cases they marked the death of a star. But in a study published ...

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Star Dust Helps Explain Mysterious Dimming Star

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Astronomers are working to understand the mysterious dimming of Tabby’s Star. The astronomers report that space dust orbiting the star — not alien megastructures — is the likely cause of the star’s long-term dimming. All Top News — ScienceDaily

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