Tag: Binary star systems

Superstar Eta Carinae Is Shooting Cosmic Rays To Earth

Through data from NASA’s NuSTAR telescope, astronomers confirmed the superstar Eta Carinae has been shooting cosmic rays to Earth. Before this, the origin of some unique X-rays and gamma rays detected on Earth was a mystery to experts.

Space July 4, 2018

Laser Blasts From Ant Nebula Signal ‘Dramatic’ Death Of A Twin Star System

Unusual laser beams were detected in the core of Ant Nebula as shown in the data by the Herschel Space Observatory. Astronomers said this phenomenon could mean the presence of a two-star system.

Space May 21, 2018

Hubble Captures Image Of Star That Survives Supernova Explosion

The Hubble telescope managed to capture an image of a star that survived a supernova explosion. The star was part of a binary star system in which its companion exploded.

Space May 9, 2018

Alien Visitor 'Oumuamua Most Likely Ejected By A Two-Star System: How Did That Happen?

'Oumuamu likely originated from a binary star system, which has at least one big hot star. This is how the interstellar asteroid was likely ejected from its home star system.

Space March 20, 2018

All Stars Including The Solar System's Sun Likely Born With Twin

New analysis strengthens the "born together" hypothesis, which posits that stars are born with companions. Models even back up the idea that the solar system’s sun has a twin.

Space June 16, 2017

Did The Sun Have A Twin? Scientists Say Yes And It May Have Wiped Out The Dinosaurs

Latest study has led researchers to believe that all stars are born with twins. In the sun's case, Nemesis, as it is called, may have been responsible for the end of the dinosaurs.

Space June 14, 2017

First Evidence Of Rocky Planet Formation In Tatooine-Like Double Sun System Uncovered

For the first time, researchers have found evidence that rocky planets may exist in a double sun system located some 1,000 light-years away from Earth. SDSS 1557 resembles Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet in 'Starwars' that orbited twin suns.

Space March 1, 2017

Presumed Young Star Actually 10 Billion Years Older Than Previously Thought

For decades, scientists estimated 49 Lib to be a 'teen' star. However, new research has shown that it is actually 10 billion years older than previously thought, making it more of a senior citizen.

Space January 18, 2017

Red Nova To Appear In The Night Sky 5 Years From Now: How To See The Stellar Explosion

A red nova would appear like a glittering star in the previously dark spot of the night sky about five years from now. The stellar explosion could be as bright as the Polaris, the north star.

Space January 10, 2017

Witness Two Stars Colliding In 2022: How The Red Nova Will Be Visible From Earth [GIF]

Astronomers predict the collision of a contact binary star system in 2022 that would be visible even without telescopes. See how this collision could look like from space and how it could possibly change the night sky.

Space January 8, 2017

Binary Star System Predicted To Merge, Explode In 5 Years

Researchers have predicted that the twin stars of KIC 9832227 will merge and then explode, resulting in a bright star. The event is predicted to occur 2022.

Space January 7, 2017

Hubble Space Telescope Spots Exoplanet Orbiting 2 Stars

Using gravitational microlensing and data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers confirmed the presence of a new alien planet that orbits two stars. What makes the discovery of this exoplanet different from those of other Tatooine-like worlds?

Space September 22, 2016

Astronomers Spot White Dwarf Star With 99.9 Percent Pure Oxygen Atmosphere

A white dwarf star was discovered to have an almost pure oxygen atmosphere. Astronomers believe it belongs to a binary star system.

Space April 2, 2016

Astronomers Discover What Could Be Longest-Lasting Stellar Eclipse

People on Earth look forward to events like solar and lunar eclipses. These are nothing compared to what astronomers discovered: a stellar eclipse lasting for three and a half years.

Space February 22, 2016

Tarantula Nebula Smooching Stars Could Either Merge Or Go Supernova After Final Kiss

A star system called VFTS 352 which includes two hot and young stars that seem to be kissing is facing two possible endings, both devastating in nature. The VFTS 352 is located in the Tarantula Nebula, as indicated in the photo (center).

Space October 23, 2015

Two Closely Orbiting Stars Heading For A 'Kiss Of Death'

Two stars in a binary system are so close, they're sharing material as they spin about each other, scientists say. The end result is likely to be a cosmic cataclysm, they say.

Space October 21, 2015

Astronomers Find Cannibal Star Making A Meal Of Its Cosmic Companion

Rare binary star system features a white dwarf actively consuming its much larger companion star, astronomers say. The result could be a supernova explosion, they say.

Space July 20, 2015

Astronomers Discover Famous Star’s Significant Other

One of the universe’s most studied stars, Delta Cephei, turns out to be part of a pair. Its partner likely escaped detection over the past two centuries because of its 'small mass.'

Space May 12, 2015

Planet-forming lifeline found in binary star system

"Wheel within a wheel" binary star system may be clue to how planets form, astronomers say. Clumps of gas could be signs of how planets form around multiple-star system despite their complicated dynamics, they say.

Space October 29, 2014

Astronomers get peek inside the heart of an exploding star

For the first time, an international team of astronomers use multiple telescopes to see right into the heart of a star during its nova phase, when it explodes and emits gamma rays.

Geek October 10, 2014

Young twin stars may host protoplanets with weirdly misaligned orbits

Astronomers have discovered a young binary system with two potential exoplanets beginning to form.

Space July 31, 2014

Tatooine-like frozen planet found in binary star system 3.000 light years away

Researchers at Ohio State University, along with amateur astronomers from around the globe, discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in a binary star system. Astronomers previously believed Earth-like, or rocky, planets could not exist in binary systems.

Space July 6, 2014

Scientists spot frozen supersized Earth-like exoplanet in binary star system

Scientists discover a rocky, icy planet with an Earth-like orbit circling one star in a system of two stars. Experts believe this expands the ground where the search for extraterrestrial life continues.

Space July 4, 2014

Discovery of hypervelocity star in solar system neighborhood may shed light on dark matter

A rare hypervelocity star has been discovered, and it is the second-brightest ever seen. Here is the story of how these strange objects are formed, and how this one was discovered.

Space May 11, 2014

Astronomers discover closest, second brightest hypervelocity star

The discovery of LAMOST-HVS1, the closest and the second brightest among the 20 “hypervelocity” stars found, could unlock the mystery behind the black hole and the dark matter.

Space May 11, 2014

Scientists spot 'upside-down planet' by accident, discover binary star system 2,600 light years from Earth

Researchers have discovered an 'upside-down planet' with unusual gravitational lensing characteristics. The self-lensing planet may lead to the development of new techniques that could be used to study binary star systems.

Space April 23, 2014

Largest yellow hypergiant star spotted by Observatory in Chile

A giant peanut in space? It's so large, it would extend from the Sun to Jupiter, destroying everything in between, including the Earth.

Space March 16, 2014

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