Scientists spot elusive red giant mini stars, victims of stellar theft

Scientists spot elusive red giant mini stars, victims of stellar theft

Scientists spot elusive red giant mini stars, victims of stellar theft

A tug-of-war between nearby stars has resulted in the formation of two strange types of red giant stars, as seen in the eyes of a lost telescope.

Astronomers reported that they found 40 examples of two different varieties of minimized red giant stars. Scientists expected such objects to exist, since red giants are often found in binary systems near the dense core of a dead star, called a white dwarf, which can sometimes be a greedy neighbor. (These mismatched pairs arise because red giants form together; then, in old age, each loses its gas layers to become a white dwarf.)

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