Stars have found a new way to die

A peculiar burst detected on Christmas Day 2010 points to the merger of two stars, a neutron star and an evolved red giant, after going through a common-envelope stage.


Hypernova gamma-ray burst illustration (
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Burst Evolution

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Artistic movie about fusion of two objects that produce GRB burst

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C. Thöne et al. The unusual gamma-ray burst GRB 101225A from a helium star/neutron star merger at redshift 0.33 Nature doi:10.1038/nature10611

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Christina Thöne, cthoene[at] 958230610 // 622233836
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