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A cosmic mystery: Very Large Telescope captures the disappearance of a massive star
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A cosmic mystery: Very Large Telescope captures the disappearance of a massive star

Published: June 30, 2020  |  5 min read, 917 words
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June 30, 2020byUsing the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have discovered the absence of an unstable massive star in a dwarf galaxy. Scientists think this could indicate that the star became less bright and partially obscured by dust. An alternative explanation is that the star collapsed into a black hole without producing a supernova. "If true," says team leader and Ph.D. student Andrew Allan of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, "this would be the first direct detection of such a monster star ending its life in this manner."Between 2001 and 2011,... READ MORE
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