View Full Version : Red Giant Spotted Swallowing its Planets

2005-Sep-24, 04:45 PM
SUMMARY: A team of astronomers believe they've figured out the explanation for an unusual object V838 Monocerotis - it's a red giant star consuming its planets as it nears the end of its life. The object recently flared up to become the brightest cool supergiant in the Milky Way - 600,000 times more luminous than our own Sun. Detailed observations showed that the object flared up three times with similar peaks; they believe this is when the star consumed three gas giants in tight orbits - one after the other. This research could help astronomers find more subtle evidence of this happening to smaller planets in other star systems.

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