Artist’s impression of a vampire star and its victim

New research using data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope has revealed that the hottest and brightest stars, which are known as O stars, are often found in close pairs. Many of such binaries transfer mass from one star to another, a kind of stellar vampirism depicted in this artist’s impression.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser/S.E. de Mink

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Id:eso1230a
Type:Artwork
Release date:26 July 2012, 20:00
Related releases:eso1230
Size:4500 x 3200 px

About the Object

Type:• Milky Way : Star : Spectral Type : O

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