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‘Failed’ Star Rapidly Orbits ‘Dead’ Star in Weird Stellar Pairing

10 Jun 2017, 00:49 UTC
‘Failed’ Star Rapidly Orbits ‘Dead’ Star in Weird Stellar Pairing ESO/L. Calçada
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The galaxy may be filled with weird stellar wonders, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a binary system stranger than WD1202-024. First thought to be an isolated white dwarf star approximately 40% the mass of our sun, astronomers studying observational data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope realized the stellar husk has company. In an extremely fast 71-minute orbit, the star has a brown dwarf, 67 times the mass of Jupiter, in tow — an unprecedented find.

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