stellar evolution

White Dwarfs are Often Polluted With Heavier Elements. Now We Know Why

When stars exhaust their hydrogen fuel at the end of their main sequence phase, they undergo core collapse and shed…

1 month ago

Baby Stars Discharge “Sneezes” of Gas and Dust

I’m really not sure what to call it but a ‘dusty sneeze’ is probably as good as anything. We have…

2 months ago

What Happens to Solar Systems When Stars Become White Dwarfs?

In a couple billion years, our Sun will be unrecognizable. It will swell up and become a red giant, then…

3 months ago

It Takes a Supercomputer to Properly Simulate a Neutron Star’s Surface

Neutron stars, the remains of massive stars that have imploded and gone supernova at the end of their life, can…

3 months ago

Neutron Stars are Jetting Material Away at 40% the Speed of Light

It’s a well known fact that black holes absorb anything that falls into them. Often before material ‘vanishes’ inside it…

3 months ago

Black Holes are Tearing Stars Apart All Around Us

Galaxy NGC3799 lies around 16 million light years from Earth. Any event observed today within that galaxy took place 16…

3 months ago

Webb Sees a System That Just Finished Forming its Planets

When a young star begins forming, it's spinning rapidly, surrounded by a flattened disk that grows its future planets. Once…

4 months ago

Dying Stars Could Have Completely New Habitable Zones

Aging stars that become red giants increase their luminosity and can wreak havoc on planets that were once in the…

4 months ago

Astronomers See 18 Examples of Stars Getting Torn Apart by Black Holes

Black holes have always held a special fascination for me ever since I was a geeky kid looking up at…

5 months ago

New Types of Hidden Stars Seen for the First Time

Astronomers performing a vast infrared variable star survey have discovered new additions to the stellar menagerie. These new types of…

5 months ago