Interacting binary stars: the secret to understanding the universe

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Interacting binary stars: the secret to understanding the universe

25. 04. 2018 13:50

The closest star to us, our sun, sits alone with just planets to keep it company. While this is normal for us, scientists are discovering that single stars are the exception, not the norm. Binary or multiple star systems, where stars orbit each other, are actually much more common. But what happens when they interact is much more fascinating. It's explosive, destructive, creative and yet still largely unknown. Gavin Shoebridge spoke to Dr Augustin Skopal from the Astronomical Institute to learn about these stars, as well as a research project underway to uncover their secrets, in turn, teaching us about the origins of space and time itself.

Interacting Binary Stars
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Gavin Shoebridge, Photo: Wikimedia.org/M. Garlick

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