Astronomy

How Stars Destroy Each Other

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Our galaxy is full of dysfunctional stellar relationships. With more than half of all stars existing in binary orbits, it’s inevitable that many stellar remnants will end up in parasitic spirals with their partners. Today we’re going to look at the worst of these – from the novae produced by white dwarfs, to X-ray binaries created by neutron stars and black holes – and much weirder things besides.

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Written by Matt O’Dowd
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