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A 'cataclysmic' celestial couple gone wrong - a star eats its mate

A ‘cataclysmic’ celestial couple gone wrong – a star eats its mate

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Unlike the lonely sun, about half the stars in our Milky Way galaxy are in a long-term committed relationship with another star, orbiting each other in a celestial marriage called a binary system. Researchers this week described one of these marriages gone wrong – a twosome that borders on the …

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"Black widow" neutron star devoured its mate to become the heaviest found yet

“Black widow” neutron star devoured its mate to become the heaviest found yet

Enlarge / A spinning neutron star periodically swings its radio (green) and gamma-ray (magenta) beams past Earth. A black widow pulsar heats the facing side of its stellar partner to temperatures twice as hot as the Sun’s surface and slowly evaporates it. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Astronomers have determined the heaviest neutron star known …

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