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According to ScienceAlert (This article and its images were originally posted on ScienceAlert November 19, 2018 at 11:03AM.)
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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