Ep 32: Rapidly Spinning Stars

New data from the Kepler Space Telescope archive sheds new light on fast-spinning stars and their properties.

Published by Tony Darnell on 7th Nov, 2016

Using archive data from the Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers are building a more complete picture of rapidly spinning stars. These are stellar objects that spin much more fast than our sun, roughly 10 times faster and exhibit some strange properties. Followup observations from the Swift X-ray telescope give us insight into the activity of these very strange stars.

Here is the link to the NASA Press release that has an interesting picture and a video.

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-missions-harvest-a-passel-of-pumpkin-stars


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