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Behaviour of fastest-growing white dwarf contradicts accepted theory

9 Dec 2018, 17:03 UTC
Behaviour of fastest-growing white dwarf contradicts accepted theory NASA/CXC/M. Weiss

Astronomers have spotted an X-ray outburst from a white dwarf in the Small Magellanic Cloud some 200,000 light years away that indicates the compact star is pulling in material from a companion red giant at such a high rate that it may be the fastest growing white dwarf ever observed.

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