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Fraser
2006-Mar-24, 04:48 AM
SUMMARY: ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope has observed the tiny cores of dead stars wrapped up in a nice warm blanket of superheated gas. These "low-mass X-ray binary" are pulling a steady stream of material from a larger companion star, and then whipping it up into a disk. This observation answers the question of why these dead stars sometimes blink off in the X-ray spectrum. That's the time when we're seeing this disk edge-on, and it's obscuring our view of the star.

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