A Jaw-Dropping Binary Star Is About to Go Supernova, And Could Produce a Gamma-Ray Burst

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Eight thousand light-years from Earth, just below Scorpio, there’s a cosmic serpent that’s been hiding a secret sting in its tail. In a sinuous curl of glowing dust, astronomers have discovered a binary star system unlike any other in the Milky Way.

It’s a pair of rare, old, and unstable stars right on the brink of one of the most violent events in the Universe – stellar supernova. And when that happens, the team has determined, there’s a good chance it will produce something even more unusual – a gamma-ray burst.

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This article and images were originally posted on [ScienceAlert] November 19, 2018 at 11:03AM. Credit to the original author and ScienceAlert | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

 

 

 

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