A Black Hole Swallows a Star

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The Death of a Star

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The comet-shaped structures surrounding NGC 2392 are created by faster wind and radiation from the central star interacting with cooler shells of dust and gas that have already been ejected.

Seeing a White Dwarf Explode!

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When a white dwarf explodes as a type Ia supernova, its death is so bright that its light can be detected across the Universe. A new observation using the Hubble Space Telescope identified the farthest type Ia supernova yet seen, at a distance of greater than 10 billion light-years.

Coronal Mass Ejection Vs Earth

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A Gorgeous Star

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But this star, called HD 34989 (among other alphanumeric designations) is special. For one thing, it's massive, probably 10 times the mass of our Sun. It's also incredibly luminous, shining 15,000 times brighter than the Sun. Put that in the center of our solar system, and the global warming we're experiencing now would seem like the deep freeze. Happily, it's over a thousand light years away.

That's Not Entirely True

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Right Through the Solar Flare

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