Bizarre secrets of a ticking time-bomb star

In the eye of a stellar cyclone
Infrared image of Wolf-Rayet binary, dubbed Apep, 8000 light years from Earth. Credit: European Southern Observatory

While on COVID lockdown, a University of Sydney honours student has written a research paper on a star system dubbed one of the “exotic peacocks of the stellar world”.


Only one in a hundred million stars makes the cut to be classified a Wolf-Rayet: ferociously bright, hot stars doomed to imminent collapse in a supernova explosion leaving only a dark remnant, such as a black hole.

Rarest of all, even among Wolf-Rayets, are elegant binary pairs that, if the conditions are right, are able to pump out huge amounts of carbon dust driven by their extreme stellar winds. As the two stars orbit one another, the dust gets wrapped into a beautiful glowing sooty tail. Just a handful of these sculpted spiral plumes has ever been discovered.

The object of this study is the

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Student unlocks bizarre secrets of a ticking time-bomb star — ScienceDaily

While on COVID lockdown, a University of Sydney honours student has written a research paper on a star system dubbed one of the “exotic peacocks of the stellar world.”

Only one in a hundred million stars makes the cut to be classified a Wolf-Rayet: ferociously bright, hot stars doomed to imminent collapse in a supernova explosion leaving only a dark remnant, such as a black hole.

Rarest of all, even among Wolf-Rayets, are elegant binary pairs that, if the conditions are right, are able to pump out huge amounts of carbon dust driven by their extreme stellar winds. As the two stars orbit one another, the dust gets wrapped into a beautiful glowing sooty tail. Just a handful of these sculpted spiral plumes has ever been discovered.

The object of this study is the newest star to join this elite club, but it has been found to break all the

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The roots of Asana go back to 2008. The co-founders were Dustin Moskovitz (the the co-founder of Facebook) and Justin Rosenstein (a former employee at Facebook and Google).  They got the idea for their startup

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iPhone 12 Confirmed, iOS 14 Secrets Exposed, Goodbye MacBook Air

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Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).

Apple Confirms iPhone 12 Launch Plans

It could be closer than we thought. In a leaked video from UK network EE, the company’s CEO praises the team for their preparations, before Apple’s Eddy Cue pushing the Apple One subscription bundles EE will be selling. Gordon Kelly reports:

“Marc Allera,

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