Rare Peacock Stars Could Potentially Detonate Deadly Gamma Rays In The Milky Way [Video]

KEY POINTS

  • Gamma-ray bursts are one of the most energetic occurrences in the universe
  • Apep’s two stars are 10 to 15 times more massive and 100,000 times brighter than the Sun
  • The two stars also orbit each other about every 125 years

Apep, one of the Wolf-Rayets binary star systems dubbed as the “exotic peacocks of the stellar world” discovered in 2018, was found to have the capacity to detonate long gamma ray bursts that are potentially deadly. If it detonates, the explosion could be something never seen in the Milky Way before, according to scientists.

“As well as exhibiting all the usual extreme behavior of Wolf-Rayets, Apep’s main star looks to be rapidly rotating. This means it could have all the ingredients to detonate a long gamma-ray burst when it goes supernova,” Peter Tuthill, study lead and professor from the University of Sydney, said in a press release. 

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Roku Soars After Agreeing to Carry Comcast’s Peacock Stream

Roku  (ROKU) – Get Report soared Monday after the streaming platform announced a deal to carry NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service on its devices.

NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast  (CMCSA) – Get Report.

Analysts reacted positively to the news for both Roku and Comcast. Roku will receive “top-end premium inventory and subsequent pricing leverage on its [connected TV] premium ad bundles,” in addition to negotiating power with other major networks, said Rosenblatt Securities.

The firm has a buy rating and $195 price target on shares of Roku.

Analysts at Benchmark said the deal could help Peacock. Benchmark has a buy rating and $54 price target on Comcast.

Roku recently traded at $183.98, up 14.65%, and has climbed 37% this year. Comcast recently traded at $43.69, down 3.47%, and has slid 3% year to date.

Peacock provides access to more than 20,000 hours of on-demand movies and

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service is now available on Roku

After months of negotiations leading to a public showdown last week between NBCUniversal and Roku, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, is now on Roku.

Peacock, which offers a combination of entertainment, news, and sports, launched nationwide in July. It was available to stream on a number of different set-top boxes and video game consoles, but it was absent from Roku. Neither NBCUniversal nor Roku could come to an agreement over a split in advertising revenue, leading to a standoff between the two companies. Tedd Cittadine, vice president of content acquisition at Roku, called the newfound agreement a “very positive and mutually beneficial partnership” in a statement to The Verge.

“We are excited by the opportunities to integrate NBC content within The Roku Channel while we also work together with Peacock on the development of a significant and meaningful advertising and ad tech partnership,” Cittadine said.

(Disclosure: Comcast, which owns

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